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#FirstDraft120 Day 58: Monday Momentum–Motivation in Adrenaline-Fueled Panic #amwriting #nanowrimo

Monday, November 28, 2016

fd120-monday-motivationI hope everyone in the U.S. had a wonderful Thanksgiving week . . . and if you’re not in the U.S. and didn’t celebrate a holiday last week, I hope you had a great writing week.

Now we’re back on schedule and ready to get our (writing)motors started for a new week of possibilities, goals, and untold story waiting to be written.

I don’t know how many of you have been around since I was actively writing my books under contract. But if you’ve been here that long, you know that I wrote most of them on very short-turnaround deadlines, which is what happens when you sign contracts to write three 100,000-word books per year. Of course, the fact that I’m a professional procrastinator doesn’t help, either. So I ended up writing most of them in an adrenaline-fueled panic mere weeks before the deadline, most right up to (literally) the last second before emailing the manuscripts to my editors. I quickly had to learn to write final-draft quality, because I never had time to go back and even re-read the full manuscript after finishing the last chapter (I did re-read in pieces, and kept up-to-date scene cards with a summary of what happened in each chapter I’d written so I’d know what I’d covered and what I hadn’t), much less do any revision.

Which prompted my mom to send me the link to this comic strip back in 2010:

My Monday Motivation: Avoiding Adrenaline-Fueled Panic
I’ll admit it—I’ve allowed myself to procrastinate and I’ve only written a few hundred words since the first week of the month. But I know that January 31, 2017 deadline is looming. I don’t want to give up; I don’t want to fail. But I also don’t want to spend the month of January in that all-too-familiar panic because I have 30k, 40k, 50k, or more words left to write in order to finish this draft.

So that’s my Monday Motivation: avoiding the panic and being methodical in making sure I get my word count in before deadline is looming.

Assignment: What is motivating you today? How will you build momentum to strive toward your goal(s) this week?


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