Yesterday, my sister asked me why I was writing so much during winter break.
I told her: “I have a deadline I need to meet.”
“You don’t have a deadline,” she said. “This is all in your head. You’re doing this to yourself.”
Her response was not an unusual one. But it got me wondering: what is the difference between holding yourself accountable and having someone else depend upon your accountability?
I tried to explain to her that the deadlines I have set for myself are no less valuable than the deadlines set, say for example, by an agent or an editor. They are the liability of an unpublished writer. If I do not see myself as serious enough to meet a daily word count or to revise a certain number of pages a week, how can I ever visualize myself in the professional world of fiction?
Especially as a college student, these breaks are the most freedom I have to pursue finishing my novel, HYMNS OF SALT AND TERROR. If I don’t commit myself now, I will be unequipped to manage myself during the chaos of classes and work come February.
Yes, this is all in my head. Yes, I am doing this to myself.
Because who else will?
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