When You’re Just Not In The Mood
Being creative is hard. Being creative under a deadline is even harder. I’m not going to lie, I haven’t been under a strict deadline yet. I don’t have an editor breathing down my neck and my agent is a big believer in not rushing something. But I’ve seen it happen to friends. I’ve been on the receiving end of those phone/skype/Gchat messages and calls where those I care about are struggling, and I mean, truly struggling to put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard. They’re under pressure to finish something they are working on because others (namely editors and agents) are waiting on them. They are no longer able to write at a leisurely speed. And that can be hard.
It’s difficult to know what the best advice is for someone like this. Do they need gentle talks and reminders that they are awesome and can totally rock that deadline? Or do they need a swift kick in the pants for doubting themselves and chancing what they’ve been dreaming of accomplishing for years?
It makes me wonder if recording artists suffer similarly. Is this why sometimes the first album from an artist can be so amazing, like blow your mind, wow, I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this person awesome, but their sophomore albums lack all that and more? I know there are lots of artists who simply refuse to rush their art, and often times that choice pays off. But obviously not everyone is able to delay like this, so what do they do? Rush through it and hope for the best? Are they really putting everything into their work, but it’s falling flat regardless?
For those of you who are now, or have been, under deadline, how do you manage it? What helps keep you on track? What advice can you give those that follow in your footsteps?
For those who have seen others in this situation, what advice do you give them?
(P.S. When I’m that author freaking out about deadlines and crying because I just can’t do it….please remind me of this down below!)