Is it the first Wednesday of the month already? That means it's time for the monthly meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. The IWSG was created by Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh as a way for writers to support one another during those inevitable times of insecurity and self-doubt. The co-hosts for this month are Sarah Foster, Joylene Nowell Butler, Lily Eva, and Rhonda Albom.
Be sure to visit the IWSG website for additional support!
My insecurity this month has to do with deadlines. There are a couple of stories I would like to submit, and I know exactly where I want to submit them. One of them has a strict deadline attached. The presence of a deadline helps to motivate me, and without it looming before me, I know I might revise and agonize endlessly until I drive myself insane. Then again, with a deadline forcing me to submit within a certain time frame, I know I'll be left struggling with a sense that the story isn't actually up to the standards I want to meet. I have a feeling that I'm just being too hard on myself, but I still can't quite get past this insecurity.
What do you think about deadlines? Do you like to set deadlines for yourself as a form of motivation? Do you think having concrete deadlines help your writing, or do they hurt your creative process?