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How could I forget about lying to myself as a mode to get work done?? How??? It's so useful!

Today I sat down at 8PM, and set my timer for 15 minutes. I said, "Self, you only have to do this for 15 minutes. Then you can stop."

When the timer went off 15 minutes later, I turned it off. Two hours later, I hugged my stepdaughter goodnight. At some point, I did let a cat into the room to sleep under the halogen light. In between, I wrote.

At 10:30, I had almost 3000 words done, and blasted through a really hard chapter. The climax of the book is at hand, and the end is fast a-coming. (Again. This is the book that I got to 82,664 words, stopped, went back to about 60,000 words, and plunged forward again, plus reorganized the first four chapters. Today I'm at 83,484. Not only has the retrograde planet gone direct, it's past the point it went retrograde.)

Win.

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lonfiction
Feb. 9th, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
Great work! Mebbe I should kick myself off the darn internet anf follow your example!
behindpyramids
Feb. 9th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
Go you. Wow. Just...wow. Win indeed.


And I'm stealing this. Because I'm going crazy in my apartment from being snowed in + not having seen anyone for 4.5 days + just saw the most god awful cantonese movie that made me want to blow my brains out and the well has run dry...yes.
tafkarfanfic
Feb. 9th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
Hooray! Good for you!

I find lying to myself like that works both for writing and for working out.
sarah_prineas
Feb. 9th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
Sweet wordage!!
gwynnega
Feb. 9th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
I frequently use that lying technique!
steve_buchheit
Feb. 9th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
Woohoo, you go, Mer.
_earthshine_
Feb. 9th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
Rock on! There's something great about getting into the zone.

Maybe it's the snow (you got some there, too, right?). Today my "one-hour music break" turned into a miniature recording session that pretty much vaped the rest of my workday. Oops. Wrong zone. Still, i'm calling it a win.
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