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Writing Tip: Conquer Camp NaNoWriMo one milestone at a time

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 🙂

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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!

So today I want to thank my good blogger friend Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight for inspiring me and helping me get over my writer’s block.

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.

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And visiting the  Cirque du Soleil’s website [have you EVER seen the Cirque du Soleil ??? OMG is Dreamily AWESOME!].  cirquedusoleil

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!

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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.

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My reward for my week 2 milestone will be this a carry-all pouch.

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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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14 Comments

  1. Setting milestones is great advice. I just can never even seem to stick to those lol. I end up getting behind on them and then getting stressed out and then not doing anything. I’m hopeless sometimes. But yay you’ve reached 5K! That’s awesome 🙂 And yay that I helped! Even though that was really all you. But I can see why that tarot card picture inspired you—it’s gorgeous! And your mug is so pretty!

    Google Maps/Earth is the best for settings. I was all over that thing when I was trying to figure out where to set my story. I mean, it’s set in the future, so the layout of cities and stuff could completely change, and I am changing it some, but I need a visual to base things on. You can even use the map thing to calculate how long it takes to travel from one point to another, which I find useful. Why am I always telling you things you didn’t ask about? Lol
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  2. Excellent advice, Daniela! And congrats on reaching your milestone! I love your reward. I’m thinking that’s a great way to ensure I get some words written. 😉 It’s wonderful that Kristen was able to help you break through your mini-block. She’s just great to talk to, isn’t she?!? 🙂
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  3. Congrats on the 5k!! I’m so glad you’re rocking your goals despite the little block that got in the way 😉 The tarot card reading sounds intriguing to me! There’s a lot of (dark) magical description you can weave into talking about circuses…

    I definitely should do this too! Those Evie Seo mugs and bags and EVERYTHING are so pretty! Also PaperFury is nice 🙂
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  4. That is a gorgeous mug! I love it and I think it’s the perfect gift for yourself! I’m glad that Kristen helped you get over your writer’s block and keep moving so you could meet your goal. Yay!
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  5. I’m really happy for you! As for milestones, the times I’ve set myself goals, I usually do achieve them, but the small ones. And maybe I SHOULD work out some kind of reward system in order to keep myself motivated. That mug is awesome! I’ve got the same design but on a laptop sleeve 🙂
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  6. That’s a great tip! Reaching a smaller milestone always seems easier than reaching the end goal. And rewarding yourself is always a good way to motivate yourself. That’s awesome you reached your weekly goal! I am so excited for you! And that mug is so pretty and the quote is great too! That’s great Kristen helped you get over your writing block. That must be hard to be stuck and not sure how to get past it, I can imagine talking it through really helps. Good luck with week 2 and I hope you’ll reach your goal!
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  7. I love the idea of getting yourself rewards when you complete your goals! I do make goals, but I am incredibly hard on myself when I do- missing them is basically NOT an option- and I like your idea MUCH better. I am such a fan of Society6 too! Especially Evie’s stuff- so gorgeous! It’s so great that Kristen was able to help you out too- I know I would NOT have made it through NaNo without Shay @ The Story Goes…, so I understand completely! Good luck with Week 2, hope you are doing great, and that you get your pouch!!
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  8. Yes, I know what you mean Sharon. If I miss then I’m too hard on myself and then I get demotivated! so it is like a downward spiral 🙁

    I really wanted to be daring like other campers and go for 50K or 80K goals but I knew I’m too busy right now and I wouldn’t be able to write for than 5K a week, so 20K it is 🙂 Maybe I’ll do another 20K in July.

    I ordered the pouch already :

    Now I HAVE to reach the 10K words because if not I’ll be cheating 🙂

    I’m glad to hear Shay helped you too 🙂 we book bloggers are very GOOD are supporting each other. I LOVE book bloggers 🙂
    Like YOU! 🙂 Thanks so much for your kind words!
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