Wednesday, November 2, 2011

To-Do Lists

Today’s Question from YA Highway: In honor of NaNoWriMo: What kind of writing coach do you need? When you have to coach friends, what kind of coach are you?

The kind of coach I need and the kind of coach I am are the same thing and boils down to one word: deadlines. I often write to-do lists and if something is on the list and has to get done by a certain date IT WILL GET DONE. That’s just how I work. So, if my “writing coach” tells me to write 1,000 words by Tuesday, I’ll write it on my to-do list and get it done by the deadline. Maybe even earlier! And now, as I’m writing this post I’m realizing that I should write everything down on a to-do list. It always feels great to cross it off: “complete!”

Good luck with everyone doing NaNoWriMo. I did it for about half the month last year, with some success (talk about having a deadline!), and I’m sure I’ll try it again in the future. 


  1. Ooh, great point. I'm definitely not as good about meeting self-imposed deadlines as I am meeting those set by others. My deep need to not disappoint people I respect is one thing that can overcome my lazy procrastinating tendencies. :-)

  2. I love to-do lists! I'm not as vigilant about accomplishing things as you, probably, but it is so fun to cross things off :)