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When I'm doing revisions, it's easy for me to get sucked back into my story and plow through a bunch of pages, but it's also easy to get distracted. Distractions start with the simple ("I need a bathroom break," "I could use a drink," and "I really need to file my nails."), and then lead to more complex time-suckers ("Now that I'm up filing my nails, why don't I cut my bangs with my nail scissors?" or "Let's just see what's going on in LJ-land for a second.").
How does one combat this?
My answer is a Self-Imposed Goals and Rewards System! How does it work? By telling yourself you can only do certain things after you've accomplished something. Here's some examples of Self-Imposed Goals and Rewards I use:
1. I can refresh your hotmail after revising this one chapter and sending it to your CPs.
2. I can refresh the new posts on Verla's Blue Board after revising two chapters.
3. I can refresh new LJ Friends' posts after revising a particularly tough page.
4. I can eat a handful of chocolate chips from the freezer after rewriting one page.
5. I can reply to an email after adding in an important element to a chapter.
6. I can read a chapter of a really great book (right now Libba Bray's A SWEET FAR THING) after revising and re-reading my own chapter.
7. I can go to bed after getting a couple revised chapters off to my CPs.
Believe it or not, these things work!
What is also good motivation for me is I have a revision to do on an older MG novel for an editor and I really want to start on it by the Self-Imposed Date of May 1st. My reward will be probably chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory.
How do you motivate yourself to stay away from the internet and get revising?
Deena, Miss Recently Repped