“Journalist: a person without any ideas but with an ability to express them; a writer whose skill is improved by a deadline: the more time he has, the worse he writes.”
When I read that quote for the first time, I laughed. “It’s true!” I said.
I’m not a newspaper journalist so I don’t experience crazy deadline but I understand that “skill is improved by a deadline” part. Usually, I have three days to finish an article and the process goes like the following.
I interview. After that I’m like, “I still have a lot of time. I’ll write the article tomorrow. I’m still tired from that interview.”
I try to write the article. After writing a few sentences, I read the sentences again and I’m like, “This is terrible. I can’t even stand reading an article that’s written like this.” Then, I think, “I guess I should take a rest and maybe I can find the proper sentence later.”
Few hours before deadline, even an hour before deadline, I can write well and the article is fine.
Note: I don’t promote procrastination. I just share my experience. Note again: I decide to give this post a pingback to Twenty Somethings Edition 1.