I hear the phrase all the time when it comes to sports: "Controlled anxiety". It means that even though the action is fast-paced and intense, a player should remain calm and let the play unfold, not speed things up in his or her mind. If an athlete starts thinking about steps two through whatever before taking care of step one, then it seems as if more things are taking place than they really are, and errors start happening. The principle is the same with writing. Dialogue, plot points and especially deadlines sometimes come at us quickly. Stay calm and focus on what needs doing first, and then take care of the other stuff. Speed is sometimes necessary and helpful, as long as we don't let our minds spin out of control.
Greg is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. He has penned articles for newspapers and magazines and authored two books to date.