Deadline imageDeadlines are a writer’s best friend.

Unfortunately, they’re often a moving target. Maybe writers with six or seven figure advances whose contracts detail very precise deadlines have fewer problems, but for the rest of the mere mortals writers out there, deadlines are often self-imposed.

That’s why writers can be quite creative in figuring out ways to meet deadlines. I’ve already posted about this month’s NaNoWriMo competition, where 300,000 novelists and would-be novelists push themselves to write 50,000 words in a  month.

Writing contests and writing prompts are another way to impose deadlines on a writing schedule.

I’ve found writing groups to be particularly helpful. My writing group meets up in my city every two weeks and we all know that we have to complete something to be able to read and discuss with the group. It may not be highly polished, but it must be completed, and I think this discipline works well for us all.

Likewise, my on-line critique group also forces me to get chapter after chapter up each week. Many a week I’ve pushed myself to write and get my chapter up because I knew a posting date was coming around and I didn’t want to miss it.

And you, dear writers? Do you find writing groups help you to stick to deadlines? Any other hints and suggestions? Magic wands are always welcome!