In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Heat is On.”
It is the absolute pressure of a deadline that fuels the juice to create. I am not a little by little doer. Plodding along in my own quiet way, making progress without the fire of being under the gun simply does not motivate me.
When given an assignment or having a task that has a time line, is at the very first a bit of an excitement. It is the deadline that suddenly looms larger than the task at hand. And, unless it is something I have done a million times already, the doing of it begins immediately in my mind. I can spend days approaching it from all corners, dwelling on the most efficient way to get the job done, and with this focus in mind new insights might emerge without notice, and when I least expect them. It is as though I quite unconsciously am working on the project non stop.
As the days zero in towards the deadline a certain tension, if you will, or, another way of putting it would be a heightened almost feverish pitch becomes attached to thoughts of getting it done. Most often just before it is due, I begin. There are no questions of what “should I do next “? In fact it simply unfolds as though it has all been done, and now it needs only to manifest. Like osmosis, it takes form without interruption or pause. There is no trial and error, no building and dismantling, no re-does…. It already knows itself and appears.
This little system of mine is not for the faint of heart… and it does come with an element of tension. The closer the deadline, the more I must embrace that the outcome remains in the “Unknown” in the black hole of “where is it” ? The added frenzy is a component of the final download. The relief that comes with completion is joyous. Down to the wire, I guess that is just the way I like it.
All I can say is… do not try this at home… do it your way.