This month I’ve been taking part in NaNoWri challenge – 50, 000 words in a month, via the Harlequin site.
Never mind that I started late. I’m there now and clocking up words on my new idea for a romance novel.
Working with a group of like-minded people, even if they are all on-line, is incredibly, incredibly motivating and encouraging.
The other thing that works well for me is rewarding successes – and offering myself bribes.
My first bribe was a scented candle when I reached 10,000 words.
Now my next bribe will be a massage when I’ve made 20,000 words – only (she says optimistically) 6160 words to achieve this reward.
I’d like to achieve by the end of this NaNoWri challenge. So what with four days left that leaves 1540 words a day, maybe 770 in the mornings and the same in the evenings to pace myself. She says have devoured the eBook Daily Rituals (which is a brief analysis of some of the world’s best known and loved authors. A great read – very encouraging on so many levels.
I could stretch it to 25,000 then I’d achieve the huge psychological challenge of attaining the halfway mark to a completed book – but with only four days left and a lot happening in my personal life I don’t want to set myself up to fail.
What are your favourite ways of whipping writers block and/or procrastination into shape?