And yes, it is possible.
And yes, those of us who do it are a bit cracked in the head. But we're awesome.
And yes, the first draft is a bunch of rubbish.
And I’m going to start one more sentence with and because my brain is shot.
Anywho, the other night, on day 21, I was at 34,171 words—before starting for the day. That meant before I could go to sleep I had to crank out two thousand words.
Let’s just say I was in need of some motivation. My hubby handed me my ipod. He found my ear buds. He did the dishes so I didn’t have to. He changed the laundry and put the kids to bed. (He is such a keeper!) But, I needed something more to get my brain juices flowing. And yes, I know I’m pathetic, but I have very stubborn brain juices.
So anywho, I asked him if I could have a reward if I wrote my words.
Our conversation went something like this:
Me: I need a reward to make the words come out.
Him: What kind of reward?
Me: I don’t know. What do I like that isn’t food? (Usually I’m all over food as a reward, but I’d already rewarded myself for breathing and other hard things several times that day and felt kind of full. And when you read ‘full’ you should really read ‘afraid of the bathroom scale’.)
Him: Um, you like art, and books, and fire—.
Me: Ohhh! Can I start something on fire?
Him (looking wary): Like what?
Me: Like my manuscripts! The ones I have to revise!
(Here is a picture of said manuscripts.)
Him (looking scared now): No.
Me: Why not? That would be awesome.
Him: You’ll burn the house down. Remember last time?
Me (smiling): Yeah.
Me: I’ll do it outside. In the culdesac. That’s far from the house. It will look cool in the dark with snow falling down. Yeah?
Humph. How mean is that?
I had to write my two thousand words without any cool motivation—like fire. NaNo is hard without fire.
I know you feel bad for me, because I can feel your pity. Or is that aimed at my hubby?
And no, I did not start my house on fire the last time I burned stuff. I just almost burned down the deck.
Anywho, how about you? Are you doing NaNo? If not, are you doing something else this month that pushes you to greater heights? What motivates you in your goals? Drop a comment and share. My hubby will thank you for new non-flammable suggestions. J