Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

These Boots Were Made For Walkin' #NaNoWriMo 25k

I gave my brain a NaNoWriMo break today.

Why, you ask. Lord God, why?

Well. I hit the halfway mark with 25, 000 words last night.

I often forget that the carrot works better than the stick and don't celebrate my own accomplishments, but I think that 25k warrants some kind of reward. Don't you?

So. I had to drive into the city for some meetings, and during a free half hour, I bought the new pair of boots I had been too cheap to get myself.  (And no, they weren't on sale.)

I need to celebrate, because it will be a miracle if I make it to 50k by the end of the month with the holidays coming up.  (And then I won't have anything to celebrate.) With the craft projects and cooking and extended family. It would seem impossible.

Then again, I thought that 25k in ten days would be impossible.

Don't we always see our dreams as impossible at first? I dreamed of being published and yes, got my heart busted up in the process, but that doesn't take away from the fact that my dream came true, and that I am a writer. I would be a writer even if I was never published. "You're a writer if you write," was the mantra that my grandmother instilled in me.

So I will dangle more carrots. For every 5k, I will indulge myself. A pedicure. Lunch with a friend. (Any other ideas?) Boots!

These boots are made for walkin'
And that's just what they'll do -
One of these days these boots are gonna
Walk all over . . . you*

*The negative voices in my head that tell me I can't do anything**
** Oh, now she has voices in her head, does she? ***
*** Don't all writers?

What are your carrots?
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9 comments:

  1. A treat from your favorite bakery

    I used one episode of Castle for every 4 hours of National Boards work last year.

    Chai with whole milk instead of skim

    A great fluff novel

    I'm out of ideas. I will tell you that I think that the fact that you are still pushing forward and continuing to write is the best reward you can give yourself. Congrats on the perseverance!!!

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  2. I actually like carrots.

    But not even that seems to motivate me lately...I am celebrating YOUR 25K, tho. Way to go, Lena!

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  3. Yeah - I really had to celebrate - I'm taking myself off the hook for 50K, although I am still gunning for it. Thanks for your support Amanda!

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  4. I'm behind! Only at 13,000 words right now. I have to write 2206/day to catch up. *sigh* No carrots. Just satisfaction when I "git 'er done."

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  5. Oh Lisa, I beg to differ - you need a carrot! 13k is great. But yes, nothing will beat that satisfaction to "git 'er done" . . . will we have that?

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