(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot)
Short entry tonight, because I’m about to fall asleep…
Okay, I admit it. At 11:38 pm on 4/15, I was in my car, in line, at the post office, waiting to mail an envelope. No, not my tax return. An extension. Yes, I’m a procrastinator.
Although to be fair, I probably would have gotten it done during one of the weekends between the middle of March and now, if I hadn’t been sick enough to sleep through all of those weekends.
When it comes to writing deadlines, I procrastinate on those, too. I was late with an article for work recently, but after two weeks of staring at the data, inspiration failed to strike. I finally stared long and hard enough that I found my story, but it was a challenge.
On the other hand, I have had good luck with “speed editing.” Seems like the longer I take to think about it, the harder editing is. So in that case, procrastination actually helps.
How do others deal with writing and procrastination? Do deadlines help or hinder you?
In college, I was notorious for waiting until the night before a term paper was due to start writing it. So many times I was up until 3, 4 am pounding out an 18-page paper that should have been finished weeks before. The problem was, I tended to get the best marks on those last-minute jobs. Very rarely did this blow up in my face, so I did it often. So I guess my answer is that deadlines stress me out but when I am up against them, I tend to do my best work.