An Army of Erma's writer schedule, I forgot to include the one thing every writer needs: a deadline. Many of us may say we have it covered, we mean to start first thing in the morning and whip out a chapter or an article by the next day but, in my own case at least, I need a firm date circled in red on the calendar that I can ignore until the last minute.
My writers are professionals. They also have very busy lives and things come up so when I tossed out the new format without a deadline, I heard crickets until a few days ago when I put down a date. Then people came out of the woodwork, I think relieved that I had given them something to shoot for. I have every confidence that we'll fill up Ermas with excellent columns but next time I need content -- they get the date circled in red.
Do you need a deadline?