Monday, July 5, 2010

Edgy Deadlines

Our holiday was wonderful, but I'm about fireworked and paraded out for a while. It feels right to settle into what passes for routine around here.

FWIW, my routine is probably anyone else's jumbled day. That's another post. One day.

I know today's the official day off for a Sunday July 4, but since I don't get official days off, here I am.

Because I'm working today, it has the reverse affect on me of playing hooky. This is how my mind perceives it, whether or not it's true, since I would be writing today no matter what.

Today I'm getting a little ahead. Giving myself a little wiggle room. Gaining an edge.

I like that. A lot.

How about you?

Do you like to stay ahead of the curve?

Or do you prefer the crunch of a deadline that you fear you may not make? Is that what it takes for you to buckle yourself to the chair and crank those fingers into motion?

How about your protagonist and antagonist?

Would it make a difference to your characters or your plot or your conflict if this facet of personality came into play?

21 comments:

Joanne said...

I like to stay ahead of the curve, and so am a list maker, operating on a weekly itinerary I write out in a journal every weekend. Having my week written out helps to see exactly where I'm going and what needs to be done. This works best for me, planning and envisioning ahead.

Lydia Kang said...

I want to stay ahead of the curve, but ultimately it's the deadlines that actually get me moving!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I try to stay ahead but tend to get caught in the crunch. Oh well!

Elspeth Antonelli said...

I need the sharp gleaming shadow of the deadline creasing my neck. Then I work. Sad, but true.

Talli Roland said...

I like to be ahead of the curve - but I do need a deadline to motivate me!

arlee bird said...

I like to stay ahead of things, but every once in a while the good stress of meeting a deadline can be exhilerating.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Jan Morrison said...

I like a deadline even when it is me that made it up and no one but me knows or gives a fig for it! I also like being in the dream with what I'm writing. Just nice and juicy and present.
By the by - I gave you an award - know you have it but tough! Supposed to give it new bloggers in my life and you are new today!

Carol Kilgore said...

Joanne - I'm a list maker, too, but mostly I plan a day at a time unless things are truly hectic. I've been known to plan a month and an hour, depending on the situation.

Lydia - I try to stay head, too, but it isn't always possible.

Alex - Mr. Easy Going :)

Elspeth - You need a border collie to herd your sheep before dinner time - LOL

Talli - I understand that. Sometimes I make my own that falls well ahead of the real one to keep me ahead of the curve.

Arlee - I hear you!

Jan - Welcome to the Tiki Hut. Happy to see you here. I hope you'll visit and comment often. I agree with your views on this.

Holly Ruggiero, Southpaw said...

I much prefer to stay ahead of any deadline. That’s a stress I can do without but it is not always avoidable.

Terry Odell said...

Oh, bother. I left a comment. It's gone. It was brilliant, too.

Carol Kilgore said...

Holly - Same here.

Terry - That has happened to me a couple of times in the past week or so, and it hasn't happened to me before this. Are you reading, Blogger?

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Though I have good intentions and I like to stay ahead of the curve, I’m not always successful and often find myself down to the wire.

Clarissa Draper said...

I'm one of those people that start projects right away. I hate procrastinating. The sooner the better.

CD

Chary Johnson said...

I often like to be well ahead of the deadline. This is only because with three kids, anything can happen and throw a wrench in your plans.

As for my protagonist, I tend to prefer the crunch of a deadline for him/ her as it gives the storyline some tension. I believe it makes a huge difference. You have more options when considering plot, character interactions and conflict in your WIP.

Great post!

Carol Kilgore said...

Jane - Sometimes down-to-the-wire happens through no fault of our own.

Clarissa - I don't put off starting either, unless it's something I don't want to do ... like wash the floor.

Chary - Same here. I don't have three kids, but I do have an erratic life. I like my plot to have a deadline, and I hope my characters are pro-active. Sometimes it's against their nature, though.

Aubrie said...

Sometimes I procrastinate, but mostly I have deadlines and keep at them!

I'm fire-worked out, too.

VR Barkowski said...

I prefer to stay ahead of the game, but work better under pressure. While I love to edit, I need the crack of the whip when faced with unpleasant tasks like working on a first draft.

Much of my characters' conflict comes from avoidance, so yes, it would make a HUGE difference.

Ann Best said...

I like deadlines, so I try to create my own, which sometimes works.

Carol Kilgore said...

Aubrie -Looks as if a lot of us are like that.

VR - Interesting about your characters' conflict. Gives me something to think about.

Ann - My own deadlines work for me, but sometimes not for others in my life. They have much more respect for real ones.

kimberlyloomis said...

Yeah for being ahead! I like being ahead of the curve as well. Although, too often, I wind up flirting with those deadlines. My characters, on the other hand, don't live in a world where deadlines occur on dates so much as a feeling of happening. Those feelings and worries drive them to do what they can to be prepared for what they view as inevitable.

Carol Kilgore said...

Thanks for sharing. I love learning this about everyone and about their characters.