#$10novel – Day 3 – Starting (also, Novelburns)

I need a mantra.

I think i can, i think i can, i think i can!

Day Three: Monday, May 18th: Amal El-Mohtar

I’ll mail or Paypal Amal $10 if i fail to get my wordcount up to 26,000 words by the time i get to sleep tonight.

Look for updates on Twitter. Hmmm … don’t know what Amal will use the money for. Good or Evil?

[UPDATE]: Amal will use the money for good! She’ll use it to purchase poetry for her awesome journal Goblin Fruit! If i weren’t so poor, i’d be inclined to throw in for today. (note: as of 1:30pm, still have 1300 words to write.)


So, Em was chastising me because all of my motivations on this challenge are punitive. She says i need positive reinforcement too. Maybe that means she’ll buy me a pizza when i’m done. 😛

[UPDATE]: A pizza has been offered! (Hee hee hee, the power of hint-dropping.)

Anyway, this got me thinking …

… and i’ve come up with another negative reinforcement tool.

As i look at the novel ahead, i think it’s just going to get harder and harder as i venture into the disastrous and vague second and third acts. I think the people who picked the later dates are a lot more likely to receive their fabulous cash prizes.

So i needed to think of something that was so unacceptable, so intolerable to do to myself that i’d really want to get to “the end” to undo it. Something horrible.

I think i’ve found it.


I’m going to grow sideburns, and i’m not allowed to shave them off till i finish the novel and send it to at least one initial reader.

I’m calling them Novelburns.

Day One: Nothing much yet

Day One: Nothing much yet

Please help me.

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12 Responses

  1. E. J. says:

    This will backfire when the sideburn fetishists come out of the woodwork with an aim to drive you to distraction.


  2. Megan says:

    Oh dear. I really want to have a Gra novel out in the world, but a Gra with sideburns… Do you think you could do muttonchops too?


  3. Emily says:

    OMG! You are gunna get some chops, yo!


  4. Kat says:

    Oh. My. God. You just broke my brain. I will be sending writing thoughts your way every second, because I cannot wrap my head around the novelburns.


  5. Sarah Miller says:

    Miss Mangan is Absolutely Right about you needing some positive reinforcement — and I, in the middle of some idle internet poking, see that Mister Jason Webley is going to be opening a concert in Eugene on Wednesday night (http://www.jasonwebley.com/events.html) … how would you feel about me buying tickets for you & Ms. Jai (or other companion of your choosing), to be used in the event of making ALL YER WORDCOUNTS by Weds evening?


    • Grá Linnaea says:

      *Reeling from the guilt of accepting such a nice gift.* Um, i love the idea of having a goal of NEVER falling behind … and and and … let's talk about it. 🙂


  6. Sarah Miller says:

    Psh, nuffin to be guilty about. Jes wanted to make sure you'd like it.


  7. Pati_Nagle says:

    Agree with the positive goal thing. I prefer carrots to sticks myself.

    For a while the OWN had a Beautiful Trophy Challenge going. At the start of the quarter, those who wanted to participate made a pledge to finish a novel by the end of the quarter (could already be started) and mail it out in order to qualify for a trophy. The trophies were these: http://pyromaniaglass.com/gallery1.htm


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