Deadline

Jaibala/ August 20, 2014/ Short Stories/ 24 comments

She was morose and after being at it all day her work was still nowhere near completion. Truthfully she hadn’t even begun and the job required precision but hinged on deadlines. One error, one small mistake and it would mean hours of planning and strategising gone to waste.

 

Impulsive ideas wouldn’t work and the good ones were sparse. She just needed a flash, a moment of true serendipity. With the deadline looming on her head she obviously needed to hurry, but being hurried was not her style.

 

As she started at blinking cursor on the blank white screen, she wondered what to type. Her editor had been waiting for her story for two days, and she was finding it hard to gather her thoughts. Distractions and chores aside, she was just lacking ideas.

 

“No use staring at the screen”, she thought and got up to get some coffee. While she waited for the coffee to be warmed in the microwave, she had that ‘spark of inspiration’ she had been waiting for. As she took her coffee mug and got back to her desk, she was upbeat.

 

She sat down at the desk and her fingers began typing as fast as they could, the sound of each key being tapped being the only sound in the room. All her planning and research was finally coming together in a story. As she continued to type neither the time nor the editor’s demand held any consequence. What mattered was just her in that moment giving words to her thoughts.

 

An hour later she was done, her story was almost complete. As she put the final full stop, she felt accomplished, just like she did after writing every story. It wasn’t the deadlines that kept her going; it was the thrill, the elation and the joy of having created a life, a world or a moment, the fact that she could express emotions and put down feelings in words. It was her love to write that kept egging her every single time.

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About Jaibala

Academically a Microbiologist, I am a Web Columnist for popular magazines and websites, Freelance Writer and a Blogger. Words define me and writing and reading compete to be the love of my life. My biggest belief is that there is something good in everything and I always looks to highlight the best in things. Creative writing is my forte.You can reach me by dropping a mail at contact@jaibalarao.com

24 Comments

  1. This was just so perfect. Has happened to me so many times. Of course, I don’t write fiction. For me, it is either assignments or a blog post. But the feeling of accomplishment is so real.

  2. Story of almost every person who loves creative writing.. i too can relate it to it Jaibala.. going to a coffee machine, a sudden thought striking, putting the flow of thoughts on word doc while completely forgetting the environment around and feeling accomplished 🙂

    1. Yes there is a different kind of elation and contentment associated with writing that comes straight from the heart onto paper.

  3. The thrill of getting the words on paper is awesome. Sometimes I too keep waiting till the words just type themselves! Such a cool way to write.

    1. It is Inderpreet. Sometimes the words just write themselves, we are just mediums.

  4. Dont we all face that moment of writer’s block! Could totally relate to this.

    1. I am glad you could relate. We all have these moments of complete despondency or pure joy.

  5. Very true for a writer. I enjoy writing, but, when I sit and the inspiration dawns upon me, that is what I enjoy most!

    1. Yes that is when we write our best work. 🙂

  6. a story is like a baby nurtured and cared by writer, excellently written

    Wait Over

    1. True That 🙂 Our writing is our baby

  7. so true that is an writer

    1. Thank You 🙂

  8. This is the story of my groot’s breaking out of a rut :p

    Nice one Jai

    1. Yes it is. Thanks Sid 😀

  9. this is the story of every writer. mine too. and you told it beautifully. 🙂

    1. Yep it is. More about someone in particular 🙂

      1. Thought Provoking.
        Continue writing as I like your creative imagination

    1. I could feel her elation Jai!! 🙂
      I almost went – “well done” and then realized its a story!! 😀
      heh!

      1. Well I know you could feel the elation in the end. And so gald you liked it 🙂

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