He's quite a benign dragon, most of the time, and with the open book and quill in his hand it is obvious that he knows a bit about writing.
Then there's the little researcher sitting on a pile of books at his side.... At times I envy them their diligence and wish I could join in the discussion, as they debate the work in progress.
Writing can be a solitary business and there are times when I am easily distracted by the internet, emails and to be honest almost any other little job that needs doing and will 'just take a moment' but then takes most of the day.
Why, when writing is the one thing I want to be doing, is it always the most difficult thing to settle down to?
Give me a date as a deadline and I will be stretching the minutes before midnight so that I can meet it, knowing that if I had started earlier ...
But for some reason it doesn't matter how long I have I still find I am rushing at the last minute. In fact a short deadline is better because I procrastinate less, there just isn't as much time to waste before getting started.
So I sit here once more, as one day turns to another, trying to ignore the growling from my impatient dragon as I do my latest Deadline Dance to get this blog written, promising him I will try to do better tomorrow.
Do you have any tricks to beat the Deadline Dance? I would love to hear them.
My latest book Dead Boy Talking is published June 2010
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