One tip I’d like to share with you today is: If a task seems too daunting, I break it down in milestones and reward myself when I reach each milestone. 🙂
If I had to think about the 20,000 words I have to write for Camp NaNoWriMo I’d probably get discouraged. That’s why I came up with a Machiavellian Plan and I set more manageable daily and weekly milestones. And, I’m very happy to announced that I reached my Week One’s “5,000 words” milestone! So I got this beautiful mug from Evie’s Bookish Designs 🙂
But it almost didn’t happen! I ALMOST didn’t get my beautiful mug because I couldn’t write for four days! I wrote 837 words the first day and then… ZERO! NADA!
This is how it happened…
I got stuck AGAIN in a scene where I needed a character to do something but I didn’t know how to make her do it. Since I’m writing a dark urban fantasy, I could have made her do what I wanted, in any way I wanted. She could have dreamt about her mission, or could have had a vision, or she could haven gotten a letter from Hogwarts ! 🙂
BUT, NOPE, ZERO, NADA. I couldn’t think of anything!
So Kristen and I were chatting in Goodreads about her interview [which came up yesterday, check it out!] and we are talking about her love [and my dread 🙂 ] for circuses. So I was browsing the internet for some circus images for her interview.
And I ran into this image of tarot cards and that was it! I decided that my character was going to a circus or a fair to get a tarot cards reading!
The idea was to keep writing, even if the tarot reading gets edited later and doesn’t make it in the final draft. So THANK YOU KRISTEN! I did reach my 5K milestone after all! And I’m getting my MUG!
Talking about Society6… I just fell in love with that place! Now after Goodreads and book blogs, Society6 is my favorite to place to spend time and procrastinate 🙂 So I’m trying to stay away from it because I just want to buy everything I see here, especially in Evie’s shop.
My reward for my week 2 milestone will be this a carry-all pouch.
And because once you get inspired magic just starts to happen, I also wrote some scenes in Salem Massachusetts, home of the Witch Trials. These are some wonderful google and satellite images that helped me described the settings.
Ok gotta go now! I need to write another 5,000 words for week 2!
What about you?
Do you set milestones for your blogging and writing?
Do you reward yourself when you reach a milestone?
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