DAY 3

Nov. 3rd, 2011 12:49 pm
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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