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How to Hit a Deadline

From somewhere in the aggregator, Maureen Johnson’s illustrated advice on How to Write a Book, or more precisely, how to hit a deadline:

This is not a guide to the long, thoughtful process of plotting, sketching, researching, and experimenting that most people think of when they think about writing books. The part where people imagine we writers sit under trees in floppy hats, turning a line over and over, while someone lurks in the background playing a lute. Or some of you imagine that we are sitting in a coffee shop wearing a floppy hat, be-bopping to Starbucks jazz and letting our little fingers fly!

No, no. That’s not what this guide is about.

This is about those last weeks and days when you really, seriously must finish the book. Really. They aren’t kidding.