I heard someone at a workplace say, "I don't do deadlines." My first reaction was, "Well, how do you like being paid?" The truth is, deadlines and due dates are a day to day reality for anyone in a professional environment. But for some reason, writers tend to shy away from deadlines and commitments.
I know I, for one, thrive under a deadline. I enjoy writing my own projects on my own time as well, maybe even more so. But deadlines force me to get to work and produce. Plus, if you've been given a deadline that means that someone actually WANTS what you're trying to write! Writers with deadlines have an audience, a boss, in essence, they have a job!
So I say embrace the deadline! Seek out the short story contests, the regularly published columns, the series entries that your readers expect on a regular basis. Like the King said, "Amatuers sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work."
A couple deadlines I have coming due that you can benefit from: www.writersarena.com Writer's Arena Battle coming at the end of July
My monthly sci-fi adventure series at www.channillo.com, Vulpine One! Next episode coming the 1st of August. Enjoy!