Are you one of those people who quake in their boots if they know they have to deliver on a certain date or do you love the thrill and adrenalin rush of pushing it to the limit?
I LOVE a deadline and personally there's no quaking but lots of dancing about in my little boots (new, if I might add - suede, ankle, wedge and trendy) if I know I'm up against it.
As an Indie I have no one telling me when, where or why. If I choose to sit back and pick my nose for a year, I can. But I don't. I actually give self-imposed deadlines and, let me tell you, I get pretty cranky with myself if I don't deliver - which rarely happens.
You see, I'm a hard task-master and I think to make a go of it as an Indie writer, you have to be. There's no point in talking about being a writer, you have to do it and that means many hours of blood, sweat and tears. And hissy fits, in my case - but that's just the way I roll, they're not compulsory.
So for me to get from Chapter One to The End, I have to give myself a finish date and a reward at the end of it - usually something as simple as a dinner with friends - but something to work towards. I relish the buzz of forcing myself onwards and upwards, pushing to the point where I can say, 'YES! The first draft is complete'.
Of course that doesn't mean that it's all over - oh no, far from it. That's when all the really hard work begins but at least I can say, as I pat myself on the head, 'You go girl, you did it!'
Then come the next set of deadlines - rewrtites, edits, corrections, editing with hubbie, (grrrr!), divorce proceedings, marriage guidance, first read off to friend, more edits and corrections. On it goes until the big release day and then it starts all over again with a time frame for the next book.
Yes, without a deadline, I'd be sunk. In fact, I reckon I'd be a publisher's dream (bit of blowing my own trumpet there, but if I don't no one else will!)
Book Six (now entitled 'Lottie's Luck') is over half way there and I've given myself until March 16th to bash out that first draft - I've even got a Twitter lunch and dinner with friends booked as an incentive. Yes it's possible to dangle your own carrot!
There will be no umming, aahing or procrastination - it WILL be done. Because I'm the boss and what I say goes.
So watch this space, as 'Lottie's Luck' will hit the shelves at the end of June - and if by some chance it doesn't, I'll be taking myself into my office for a jolly good talking to.
Now, if you'll excuse me I have a word target to meet ...