D is for Deadline
Many etymologists claim the word deadline was first phrased during the American Civil War (1861-1865). It referred to a line, beyond which prisoners were not allowed to cross. If they dared to cross the line they were killed.
It does seem an aggressive word, doesn’t it? And don’t we all get the jitters when a deadline looms – whether or not we’ve set them ourselves? I must admit, I was far more ‘deadline’ conscious throughout my former career and I always completed work well before a due date. This did back fire on the odd occasion when the work requested was altered in some way or another. Nowadays, I do push back my own writing deadlines if things aren’t going as planned or a bit of extra time would be beneficial. I’m a writer and it’s my prerogative.
Do you get the jitters when a deadline approaches? Are you flexible with your own deadlines?