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!