I don’t know what it is, but there is something about working with a deadline that has always bothered me. From book reports and research papers in school to weekly status
reports at work, something about having to produce according to a time schedule or deadline has always chafed. I don’t know what it is, but I seem to be allergic to anything and everything related to work, at least when that work comes with a schedule attached. I didn’t know why I was having such a hard time with NaNoWriMo and it’s challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days, until my wife explained it to me. After watching me for twenty plus years, she knew what the problem was. I had turned Nano into work, and I rebelled against anything work related.
Last night, I hit 51,697 words, putting me over the 50,000 requirement, but I’d like to write more. A lot of writers go for a ‘double Nano’, which is 100,000 words in 30 days. I’m not sure I’ll make that, but I will keep plugging away. For me, however, the work aspect of it is over. I don’t have to write a single thing more, so I can let myself relax and get back to doing what I do best: writing without a boss, or a schedule, or a deadline hanging over me. I am free simply to create on my own time at my own pace. And that, so it seems, is where I am most creative and most productive.