It has finally happened. You are adrift. A raft of badly lashed-together memories and a few fairly buoyant facts: That watercraft is you. But thanks to an article in The Brown Daily Herald, the Ivy League university's student paper, you are listing badly. You are at sea.
Imagine your life with fewer deadlines? How would you spend that precious time?
Time is as richly complex as culture itself. For task-oriented people, such as the Swiss, time might be seen as linear -- rigid, plannable, organized into blocks, systematic.
Linwood Barclay's thrillers have been international bestsellers. Trust Your Eyes, an intriguing novel with a unique premise, has been optioned for film. The Associated Press said, "Linwood Barclay has established himself alongside the masters of suburban fiction."
I had the privilege of talking with her about what makes her tick as an author, how she keeps the ideas coming and the power of friendship, romance and love.
Never shy of a little hard work, I am very happy to roll up my sleeves and make it happen. But when the work is tied to a fixed deadline it triggers my worry and anxiety. This leads to cloudiness and inefficiency. Adding in the final part of the equation, not being able to complete the work on my own, and we have the trifecta of stress.
"We are not going to eliminate watches, appointments, and deadlines, although it's worth remembering that the word 'deadline
Writers need editors. Editors keep you from looking like an idiot. They keep you from falling through the holes you've left in your manuscript, the ones everyone can see, plain as day, except you.
We're all guilty of the deadline epidemic: knowing you have a deadline, but deciding to momentarily peruse Buzzfeed, tweet about the newest episode of Pretty Little Liars, eat more than you should, and catch up on your chick flicks.
Are deadlines chasing you like fiery hell-demons? Do they thump from under the floor like Poe's tell-tale heart? Do they watch you like the all-seeing eye of Sauron? If you have an impossible deadline, here's a quick read. (It should be -- you have a deadline, right?)
Like Breaking Bad's Walter White, the obscure high school chemistry teacher and me an obscure author of unread books, I have a strong desire to not go quietly into the night.
One of the great struggles of any creative profession is coming up with an ingenious and original idea in a timely manner. Lightning strikes of inspiration are often few and far between, which makes it hard to convince people to give you money for your ideas.
It might seem a bit early, but if you are in junior high or early high school, this is the perfect time to start to get familiar with the college application process. You do not get do-overs.