So this is a totally ridiculous, narcissistic blog post today. I’m going full honesty here and tell you how I stay motivated to write so much during the NANOWRIMO challenge. Be prepared…you may learn something that clouds your opinion of me forever.
Okay…Taking a huge, cleansing breath…Here goes.
I bribe myself to keep writing.
I know! How awful is that?? I should be writing because I want to, not because I’ll get a reward if I do. The 50,000+ word book SHOULD be the reward. The ONLY reward.
But no, it’s not.
I start off with a mountain of motivation each morning as I sit at my laptop, fingers flying across the keyboard, giving full vent to all the thoughts and scenes and dialogue that have been running through my brain for the previous 8 hours – the time I should be sleeping but, well, you know. Chronic Insomnia. The brain that never shuts down. That’s me.
I start off like a speeding train and about hour 2-3 I start to get a little fatigued, a little distracted, a little, well, bored. I know I have many more words to write – can feel them jumping out of my fingertips in their efforts to break free from my mind – but I start to wane. To keep myself glued to my chair ( figuratively, folks) I’ve developed little bribery rewards for my diligence. Here are just a few of the things I pamper myself with for my perseverance at the laptop:
- If I get another 1000 words down, I’ll have a cup of tea and a Peppermint Patty
- If I finish this chapter I’ll troll thru Amazon and look for new books to read
- If I hit my 2500 minimum daily word count, I’ll schedule a facial this afternoon
- If I can get this dialogue perfect in the next 20 minutes, I’ll go get lunch at Panera.
- If I exceed my daily goal I’ll go shopping for makeup/skin care products/perfume, in other words, I’ll go to Sephora.
See how this works???
And isn’t it ridiculous? I didn’t raise my child to do what’s right in life by bribing her. I would have never even thought of that. Her father and I taught her to do what is correct simply for the reward of getting it right. We didn’t say, “do you your homework and you’ll get a cookie. Get an A on a report and I’ll take you shopping.” We never even gave cash for good report cards. The end result – the good grades – was its own reward. None other was needed.
Why can’t I, then, as a fully formed and functioning adult, heed that wisdom?
See? I told you your opinion of me would get clouded.
When I’m not ruminating on my hapless state or bribing myself to go on, you can find me here:
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And if you are in need of it, here’s a little distracting motivation for you to peruse and ponder…
3 responses to “Bribery…and why it works so well during NaNoWrimo”
Hi Peggy, Thanks for sharing the secrets of your NaNoWriMo success. As one of your buddies, I’ve been lurking and keeping track of your “speed demon” progress. As for me, I’m on a linear path and write about 1700 words a day. Onward! 🙂
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Joanne – linear is best!!! Remember, slow and steady wins the race EVERY TIME!!!! I just had a bunch of days where I forged ahead because I knew there were going tobe several times I was out of commission this month. Either way, we are both rock stars!!!!
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