Deadlines! We have all had them in some fashion or another.
Spelling, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Reading homework assignments with next day deadlines--pretty much everyone had them in grade school. As we got older, the course names may have changed but we still had deadlines.
Then off to the real world... there isn't a job around that doesn't have some sort of deadline for each and every work tasks.
As a writer, "looming deadlines," is similar to a character making it through the "darkest moment" of a storyline. If you succeed, there is a happy ending. If you don't, then you have to deal with trying to make sure you and your editor/publisher/agent have a happy ending by the revised deadline.
My deadline for writing my blog entries is midnight daily. Some days I make it, others... I don't. Today, because I'm doing laundry... Yeah everyone wore their last pair of underwear, socks and pants! Of course, they waited until 930pm to tell me. ...I have time to write my blog.
I think it was a conspiracy to make sure I sat down to write my blog. What do you think?