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Deadlines and the Hideout

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

This quote from Douglas Adams on a whiteboard is the first thing I see as I walk inside.

I close the door.

The desk is made of oak, the color is dark brown, it has to be. It’s heavy, solid and huge, a lot bigger than a regular size desk.

It’s not standard, nothing is.

The music. Classical, no words, just music. The volume is on 5, it always is.

Frédéric François Chopin.

No flowers, no windows. The smell is distracting. The view is just too much.

One light only. It’s on the desk, on the right side.

The tea is ready. Green tea shipped all the way from China.

I’m ready.


Where’s my thinking cap?

Ah, there it is. Now, finally, I’m ready.


It shouldn’t be like that, and it’s not.

It’s about inspiration, and it’s about work. Work and deadlines.

I write, and I keep writing, whenever I have the time and wherever, because it’s work.

I no longer stay in my hideout. It feels different, unhampered.

Deadlines are important, they are important because they help us keep writing and they help us stop.

I have a friend, a painter, he’s an awesome painter, an artist.

It’s amazing to see him work. He is painting every single day, he loves to paint.

He is amazing, but he doesn’t earn a living as a painter.

He doesn’t set deadlines and he almost never finishes his paintings.

I gave him an advice, I told him that when it’s time to stop, stop. It doesn’t have to be perfect, nothing is.

He responded by giving me a weird look, and the following sentence… you don’t know anything about painting do you?

2 responses to “Deadlines and the Hideout”

  1. Gilbert Van Norman says:

    Wow, this is a great article. When your trying to meet a deadline you are not going to be perfect. This is a good point. I hate deadlines. I don't like the feeling of having to have something done by a certain date or time.

    I prefer the freedom to write when it comes to me. I like to fly by the seat of my pants when writing my own stuff. But, I am a freelance writer and sometimes my clients are trying to meet a tight deadline which means I have to write in their time frame, which also means that what I give them is not going to be perfect. But, I do pride myself on giving them the best that I can at that moment. If they want changes they can let me know and I change it. Because they are my inspiration.

  2. Thanks a lot. I also dislike deadlines, and I'm always having a problem keeping deadlines. But to me, they're important. Without deadlines I would probably never get anything published, I would just keep writing until I thought it was good enough, and it never really is.

    Well, on the other hand, I have the ticking clock syndrome. I guess deadlines or no deadlines wouldn't really matter 🙂

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