editI never miss a deadline. That’s something I take pride in as a writer. If I think I’m going to, I reach out for an extra day, but I’m careful to stick to that.

I’m flabbergasted about when I hear other writers blowing theirs off, or worse, also disappearing.

That said, I am one of those who works well close to deadline, finding my best focus with a little pressure.14

I’m also a writer in search of a deadline, as my worst experiences come when a well-intentioned editor tells me to “get it to me when you can”. That is not good for either of us. Because the other hard deadlines creep in and take priority.

When I don’t have a deadline, I try to artificially impose one. For the self-employed, deadlines make us get out of bed in the morning, so editors, keep it up.