Hello, my name is Kate and I am new to these forums. I decided to join because a particular issue surrounding my writing has been plaguing me for quite some time now. The problem is that I can't seem to find a happy medium between rigid deadlines and endless slacking. I've been writing long enough to know that both of these attitudes always end up sabotaging my work. On the one hand, there's the rigid deadlines. While this approach has consistently produced pages and pages of work, the quality of the writing always suffers. The passages end up sounding robotic and contrived. Additionally, such stringent rule-making always sucks the fun and creativity out of the writing experience. On the other hand, I have tried the opposite approach of allowing myself to relax and go with the flow. Without any scary deadlines breathing down my neck, I feel free to write when I want to write, and I consequently produce a consistently better quality of work. The sentences flow much better, sound more natural, and reflect the state of joy I was in while writing. However, this lackadaisical approach also has a history of turning me into a slacker. I sometimes find myself playing video games for hours and hours before I get any writing done, and by the end of the week, I have 3 pages of work or less to show for it. Has anyone else ever encountered this problem? How in the world can I find balance? I don't want to suck the joy out of my craft by creating deadlines that remind me of university. I want to relax and have fun, and produce natural-sounding work that reflects my positive emotional state. However, I'm still so envious of the writers who are endlessly productive -- those who produce pages upon pages every day. If anyone has any advice at all for me, I would be eternally grateful! This is a conundrum that neither I, nor any author I've spoken to, has been able to solve. Thank you!