Unlock the Muse – July 16, 2019

How can July be half over already? The Camp NaNoWriMo deadline looms ever closer, spurring me forward toward my goal. I’m still lagging behind, but doggedly pressing on.

In light of this looming deadline, I thought I’d take a look at what others have to say about deadlines. This article by Jeremy Miller talks about the power of deadlines. He describes a deadline as an incredible tool for harnessing energy and achieving results.

Another article by Andreea Clair lists a few reasons deadlines are a good thing. Reasons such as better prioritization, improved productivity and increased efficiency.

Here’s your writing prompt for this week:

Write a letter to yourself when you were 10. Tell this young you what you wish you had known or understood them.

Life doesn’t really give us do-overs, but if it did, wouldn’t it be nice to be armed ahead of time with the information that help us reach our goals without hitting so many roadblocks? Oh, and you’ve got a week. Go!

1. The latest time or date by which something should be completed.
2. Historical: A line drawn around a prison beyond which prisoners were liable to be shot.

The word deadline comes from around 1920, the American English newspaper jargon meaning “time limit.” It is perhaps influenced by an earlier use of the word (1864) to mean the “do-not-cross” line in Civil War prisons, which figured in the trial of Henry Wirz, commander of the notorious Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia.

For more on the story of Henry Wirz and the history of the word deadline, check out this interesting article by Paul Anthony Jones.

Happy writing!

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