I just completed another short writing project, but still have many other unfinished projects I’m working on. Why is completing creative projects so challenging?
In my case, it comes down to time and deadlines. I meet all professional writing deadlines, but for my projects without “real” deadlines I don’t always make enough time in my schedule.
Also, I’m a queen of writing short pieces (under 1,500 words). I can get those done in seemingly no time as long as a deadline is looming.
However, I want to know what I have to say in longer formats. The only way to discover the answer is to write past my longest word count—about 10,000 words—and see where I end up.
While rereading Steven Pressfield’s essay “The Artist’s Life” on page 165 of his book The War of Art, I’m now inspired by this creative deadline:
“…Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”
That’s a deadline I’m excited to meet.