Incentive programs

So here we are, day one of NaNoWriMo, and I’m already having motivation problems. I know I need to buckle down and start writing, but frankly I’m scared out of my mind. Well, technically, I’ve written 28 words so far today, so I have started. But the fear to really dive into it and start pounding out the words is daunting to say the least.

So, I’m going to have to get disciplined, and fast. In the process of writing this blog post, I’ve switched my blog-writing software from Windows Live Writer to OneNote/Word, researched how to use OneNote for blogging, switched my primary web browser from Firefox to IE8, verified that IE7pro will work with IE8…

It’s time to start writing. Writing fiction. Writing my book.

So here’s the deal. I’ve been blogging every day since relaunching, haven’t missed one yet. I intend to keep that streak going, but for the month of November I’m going to make a little deal with myself. I will still post to the blog every day, but only after I write something for NaNoWriMo. I’m not going to hold myself to specific minimum word count, at least not yet. Just something. Even one sentence if I’m really blocked. As we get into the final two weeks, I might have to impose a word count minimum to keep me on pace to finish.

But for now, just write. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t even have to be good. But I have to write something before I post again.


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