Me? I LOVE deadlines. I like knowing exactly where the Finish Line stands.
So far I've met all my contracted deadlines. Sure it's involved me wailing, "I'll NEVER finish this on time." or "This deadline is going to kill me!" but I can't imagine not meeting a deadline. That would just freak me out. (Yes, I know, there are plenty of contracted authors who have a fluid view of the due dates written in their contracts, but I'd feel too guilty to miss one.)
Someone recently asked if that means the work I do when I'm on deadline is inferior. I don't think so. I think a deadline forces me to focus and allows me to shut off all the extraneous crap that rolls around in my head. I actually think the work I do is better.
I'd rather have a deadline than not. If I don't have one, either because of a contract or because I haven't set one for myself, I tend to procrastinate. I tend to get so caught up in making each sentence "perfect" that I get next-to-nothing done.
My intention for the week is to finish the massive rewrite I'm doing based on the suggestions of my agent for my new book. I've given myself a deadline of finishing it by Friday. I'll let you know next Monday how I fared.
Tell me Killer Friends: How do YOU feel about deadlines?
I set deadlines for myself with lots of things in life. Do you? Are you succesful at meeting them?
If you're a contracted author, have you missed any? Do you love them like I do? Or do you absolutely hate them?