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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cracking the whip with cherry caramels

Here we are at Day 18 of the crazed November writing/illstrating goals. I don't know about you, but I'm waaaay behind on my outrageous Golden Coffee Cup goal.

So in a wild bid toward completion, I had my most productive day ever yesterday: 5,000 words (pant, pant). Not sure I can maintain this, but my plan is to do it again today so that I can be fully caught up (did I mention I hate first drafts??). Here's my strategy:

The egg-timer: This is a new/old strategy - when I think about writing 5,000 words, it makes me think of choking first and then fleeing in self-preservation. If I set the timer for 15 minutes with a goal of 300 words, I usually hit 400 or more. Four of those in an hour and I've got 1500+ words to work with.

Rewards: Apparently, I like them. Yesterday's rewards:
1K: one cherry caramel + blog comment
2K: open my purchase from the CocoaStomp Shoppe (monster cards!) + blog comment
3K: open the mysterious package from Hyperion/Jump at the Sun (The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez - oooh!) - + blog comment
4K: try out Vista's moviemaker and see if it's as crappy as XP's (jury is still out) + blog comment
5K: pre-post a blog (yay!) + blog comments ad infinitum

Whatever can I use to light the fire today? More cherry caramels? Only time will tell - in fifteen minute segments, starting...now.

Another idea that has captured my imagination and fueled the fire of my goal-reaching is an upcoming party to celebrate the Golden Coffee Cup, NANOWRIMO, and any other writing or illustration goals made and/or accomplished during the month of November, kind of like kidlit drink night except more like NANO-Cup-O-Cake-A-Drink-Lit Night on November 30th.

Stay tuned for details!

6 comments:

  1. OMG! You totally know how to hook me in. You said you were cracking the whip and you're doing it big time. So now I will be like, if Holly's going for it, I can go for it. Here I thought my 3000 words yesterday was pretty dang good. *sigh*
    Crack away...I want to play.

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  2. I love the egg timer idea. I'm way behind too. Maybe I'll try this with drawing.

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  3. This game's fun! I'm at 2000. Keep checking in, it's motivating. Phew...back to it!

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  4. All right, I'm at the 3K check-in! It's getting harder. The middle is tricky, and so far, quite boring. That can be fixed later, right?

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  5. 4K down...and 5K here I come. I think I'm starting to get arm and finger fatigue from the furious typing. I may need a very naughty cookie to get me through this last thousand.

    Seems we are on about the same pace.

    Go, Holly, Go!

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  6. Phew. What a ride, Holly! I can't believe you did that two days in a row. Impressive, girl! Honestly, don't know if I could.

    Thanks for cracking the whip, and I think I'm going to have to find out about these cherry caramels!

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