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How to Encourage Yourself to Write Like If It’s the End of the World

December 21, 2012
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Image courtesy of kenfotos at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What if there was an ancient tribe that predicted the world would end today, December 21st, 2012. What would you do?

Some people would party, some people would stock up on food, some people would pray, and some people would probably create a list and do everything they always wanted to do before the end.

What if you were one of those people with a list, and one of those things you always wanted to do was to write or finish that novel or article?

You had a story in mind for years,  or you started a long time ago but just couldn’t get yourself to finish.

All of a sudden the world’s going to end and you find yourself writing those final words.

Now if you had already started, or if it was a simple article, then finishing it at the end of days is fine, but it’s not possible to write a novel in one day.

However, if you knew the world was going to end a year in advance, then you could get it done.

You would focus your creative energy, writing every day, trying to get it done before everything goes to madness so you could finish and show the world how awesome your story is.

But what is it about the end of the world that gave you so much encouragement and energy?

Essentially, it’s a deadline.

The mind perceives the end of the world as a deadline, the final day of submission.

That’s why people would do the things they either love, or always wanted to do. If it’s not done by then, you will never have a chance again.

Now deadlines suck, we all know it. Nobody likes to know that you have until a specific date to finish.

When the date draws near, pressure builds, you become nervous, and alcohol is swapped for coffee (or you may stick with alcohol, everybody’s different).

But unless we have them while working on a project for the office, for school, or for personal use, we continually put things off for tomorrow.

So if you want to encourage yourself to write and finish, try giving yourself a deadline, and working towards it.

Just make sure it’s something feasible. Maybe one year, maybe two, something that you can work with.

Or you can use the next end of the world as a deadline, which seems to happen every couple decades or so.

So what do you think of deadlines? Let me know in the comments. And if you haven’t already, don’t forget to read Descend from the Sky, this month’s trailer of my latest book, King Larsen.

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