DAY 3

Nov. 3rd, 2011 12:49 pm
[personal profile] schweinsty
My god. I'm halfway to today's wordcount goal.

Get to 500 words, I told myself, and you can go post on lj about how much you hate nano (The reward for getting to 250 was sending off a frustrated tweet. I think I've finally found the secret to bribing myself successfully: make like Captain Bligh and whine your ass off).

In between that angry tweet and this entry, though, I realized something about nano. Previously, I'd compared the process to getting your teeth pulled without anesthetic, but that metaphor is entirely inapt. Doing nano is like sitting at the table for two hours on end, watching your food get cold and trying to convince yourself to finish all your godamned peas already.

(Although, in retrospect, my childhood issues with food were probably caused by my then-undiagnosed ADD and the accompanying squickiness re: texture. [Not peas, though. I'm pretty sure peas are less of a texture thing (though, truly, they have an awful texture, with the squishy inside and the dull, paperlike shell) and more of a they-taste-awful thing. I mean, honestly - who likes peas? Nobody, that's who]).

When it comes to writing, I usually have an awful work ethic. It's the last thing I get done - usually illegibly, a halfhearted mess of blotchy pen on paper when I'm trying not to fall asleep (a method I don't suggest, unless you like ink stains on your duvet). It's the chips and pop and ice cream of my life. Nano is peas and tofu and salads with no dressing on them; but the only thing you'll get with chips and pop and ice cream is diabetes, and, as as Jim Butcher put it (and far more eloquently than 'eat your flippin' peas'), you won't end up with anything if you don't sit your ass in the chair and write.

So, peas it is - for the next two months, at least. Anyway. Sorry for spamming; I really should get back to writing - I'm getting thirsty, and only 200 more words and I can get another cup of lemonade.

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Date: 2011-11-03 08:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] outstretched
I like peas... then again I like mostly everything. I think they taste pretty refreshing, especially when still inside the pea pods :D. I know a lot of people who don't, though.

NaNo is really good for discipline, though, like you've said. How else are you keeping yourself on track? Are you only using positive reinforcement, or do you have support networks too? Banding together with others is how I usually get 90% of my work done (positive reinforcement only gets me so far).

Good luck with NaNo!

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Date: 2011-11-04 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schweinsty.livejournal.com
Hehe, I was actually going to stick an 'I know some of you probably like peas!' disclaimer on there, but I forgot. I myself have no problem nomming on lima beans.

Heh, my IRL bff is also doing nano - except that she's one of those people that can do 3-day writing stints of 40k + - so we try to nag at each other, plus my buddies here on lj (I check in on the nano comms here as well when I can), aim, and over on the forums. I'm also in a word count comm - [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout, which has helped me so far this year :).

Mostly, though, I really have problems sitting down and getting things done, so the bribing/rewarding thing is what works best with me.

How are you doing so far? Lovely kitty icon, btw :D.

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Date: 2011-11-04 02:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nozomi-chan.livejournal.com
I like peas. ^_^ especially with a little salt.

And I am jealous of people like you who can do NaNo. I never have ideas. Except...two years ago? And it wasn't really a NaNo because I started halfway through Nov. and didn't finish until Feb (but hey, almost 60k words!) ....That one burned me out; I've barely written a word since.

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Date: 2011-11-05 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schweinsty.livejournal.com
:D.

Heh, well, I may have ideas, but I've never actually finished one - closest I got during Nano was 13.5k, so who knows this year.

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Date: 2011-11-05 04:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nozomi-chan.livejournal.com
Well, I wish you the best with it! It's always neat to see who on my f-list does it, who succeeds, who comes close, and who flops. This year I won't be participating...unless I get some epic idea and the massive amount of inspiration it would require me to actually write.

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Date: 2011-11-04 07:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 13oct.livejournal.com
Go you! I can't write to save my life. Academics drained any sort of writing ability that I had. :p

:) I do like fresh peas though. Especially if I pick them myself.

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