Author Camy Tang is teaching an online class I’m in about the ticking clock. She says, “A deadline is a ticking clock, time pressure put on a character.” Not all stories need them. But I happen to have one in the book I’m writing and it helps push my MC towards her external goal. It heightens the tension and makes the reader wonder if she’ll get what she needs in time.
So that makes me think about my writing journey and my own ticking clock. Have I created one for myself or am I going with the flow?
I’m older than someone getting fresh out of college with a journalism degree and excited to put their newfound knowledge to work in the writing field.
I’ve been working hard at this craft for five years. I’ve planned some hard goals about what I want to reach in this field and that includes at least one complete book on a bookstore shelf.
Is my age my ticking clock? Ok. So I'm not so young anymore. I own a mirror.
Or is it my free time while I’m job hunting? I write all day trying to get my goals accomplished before I get another job and my time is limited. Besides that, my husband graduates in April and might be around days again.
Or is my writing dream my ticking clock where I fear I’ll get frustrated and watch it fade and give up?
What’s your ticking clock? Or do you even have one when it comes to writing?