Bribery is Not Always Bad

Yes, bribery can be a terrible thing. However, in the case of gentle persuasion by use of positive rewards for helping an author write, bribery is very good. Today’s happens to come in the form of a 3-pound box of chocolates, a chocolate orange, and sprite. And rest assured, I will not eat all of these tasty treats today. I have to save some to get me through until 11:59 PM on November 30th. I have 14, 437 words at the present moment. Let’s do this thing!Writing BriberyAlso NaNoWriMo sent me a message telling me that the end is approaching. It may not be Armageddon, but it sure is scary! They also told me that Current Me is having to pay for those checks that Past Me cashed when putting off the writing. It’s like they can read my brain; so I am off and I’ll update with tonight’s word count to see how much my attempts at bribery have worked!

UPDATE: Well, 2,113 words down in only a few hours. For someone as distractible as I am, that’s fantastic! Absolutely Fantastic! (And if you got that reference, we should be best friends. I love me some Doctor Who.)

Tonight’s final word count is 16,550. I have to work a lot tomorrow, but I will try to novel during my breaks and lunch.

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Cutting It Close

Story of my life

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is the time of year when a lot of us authors unite in a common goal:  write 50,000 words during the month of November.  Well, I have 8 days to write about 40,000 words to “win.” This morning I was stressing pretty hard over it, but I have come to  the realization that one of two things will happen. I will either get the 50,000 words done and win, or I will not get the 50,000 to “win” according to NaNo’s rules. I put win in quotations because, in all reality, NaNo was the push I needed to actually start writing my current work-in-progress (details coming soon!). I think I’m going to count myself a winner either way. I have at least 10,000 words that I didn’t have at the beginning of November right now.

I am a hardcore procrastinator. Always have been. For whatever reason, if I’m supposed to be doing something, all of a sudden everything else seems like it’s more important. For example, I’m never more productive around the house than when I should be writing. I also have  been struggling with trying to get my health under control. That’s a post for another time. Maybe. It’s still pretty personal and a sore subject. The long story made short is that my health has made it difficult to write as much as I would have liked. I also started a new job, too.

Going back to the procrastinating thing, most of everything important I somehow manage to pull it together at the last second. So I guess it shouldn’t surprise me when my old habits are popping up. I might be cutting it close, but I think I’ll be happy with either way it goes.

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