As a writer, you probably have an interesting relationship with deadlines. As easy as it is to give yourself deadlines and get excited about the prospect of meeting them, it’s even easier to ignore them.
“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
― Douglas Adams
It’s usually no difficulty to let deadlines pass you by — especially the ones you set for yourself. If you have a hard time holding yourself accountable for your own deadlines, let outside influences help.
Look to writing contests, literary journals, conferences and workshop groups to set your deadlines for you. You’re likely to...