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Deadlines: Good for Newspapers. Fiction? Not So Much.

Coming from a background of covering high school and college sports, the idea of writing with a deadline in mind is essentially beaten into your head. And it all makes sense. You know that at a certain point in the evening, the section has to get laid out and the paper has to go to print. Unless you’re working on something that absolutely, positively has to wait, you have to get it done, or you’re in trouble.