NaNo Rewards – The New Idea

Every year for NaNo, as part of my strategy to keep myself motivated throughout the month, I figure up a couple of rewards for myself at a few milestones.  I’ve played with the idea some, going from months for percentage of monthly goal to doing it on a week-by-week basis, so that one bad week doesn’t put everything out reach.

And on a scale of 1-10, I would put its effectiveness at about ½τ.  All in all, it does a bit for me, but it’s really not that effective.  Part of the problem is that I rarely even buy the rewards for myself, and it’s generally a big chunk of words needed for me to earn one.  But too many rewards is far too expensive, and I just didn’t think there was anything cheap enough that I wanted enough of in order for it to work.

Also, it should be noted, that I can be an idiot, because the Answer (or at least the Next Idea That Might Work) was staring me in the face the entire time.  I spend NaNo writing a book…and never think to use books as rewards?!

So that’s what I’m going to try this year, at a smaller level, because I’m not sure that I can have too many books.  Also because I’ll be trying to get a lot of them used, and a book is one of the few $3 items that can be motivating and that I could buy dozens of.  I’m thinking ~10k words for a book, which means it’s something I can achieve a lot more rapidly than my usual “if you write 70k this week, you get a mug!”.

As part of this, I’m going to need to create a list of books and order them by how much I want them and such.  I’ve probably got a dozen-ish low-hanging fruit that I can grab without much effort, but I will probably need more, and book recommendations aren’t exactly an awful thing to have anyhow.

So this is where you come in!  I’m looking for recommendations in Fantasy, Horror, and SciFi, roughly in that order.  The books can be old or new (but if it’s by one of the Big Old Authors (Tolkien, Heinlein, Asimov, King, as for instances) I’ve probably read it), long or short, whatever!  I have no real preferences or subgenres, as long as the books don’t suck (I can find bad novels myself pretty easily).

So!  What do you recommend for me?

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6 Responses to NaNo Rewards – The New Idea

  1. Annette says:

    No idea what to recommend (not my genre), but want to congratulate you on the idea. Nothing like a good motivator. Well done. And good luck in November!

  2. raq says:

    There was a series I saw at Books a Million last night with titles like Storm Glass, Spy Glass, etc. It was fantasy, and it looked a bit more unique than Sassy Hot Demi-Supernatural Has A Lot of Questionable Sexual Encounters or High Fantasy Elves and Feudalism flooding the fantasy genre. I can’t speak for the writing, but worth a look?

  3. quill says:

    Not sure if it’s your thing, but I loved A Natural History of Dragons (Marie Brennan). The second one came out a little while ago, which means the first one is now in paperback and possibly at a few second hand shops.

    It’s fantasy genre, definitely. And there are dragons. And the writing is very sciency, and I absolutely believed in what I was reading; there was no need for excessive suspension of disbelief.

    Second recommendation: I hear that everyone (except me, until three weeks ago) has already read Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, but if you have not, I’d recommend that one as well.

    Great idea for rewards 🙂

    • Darlene says:

      I am enjoying your blog, and that you keep prosregs notes on your writing. I am not on a professional level by any means, but I do have a book that I have been working on. It has a very near and dear place in my heart. My grandfather passed away a few years ago, he had been working on his memoir, when he was at the end it was very important to him that I have it, and finish it for him.He has led quite the interesting life, and I plan for it to be a little bit of a history lesson for the younger generations, and a tale of a granddaughter who cherished her beloved grandpa. I am learning alot from you, thank you..and keep up the good work here.

  4. fly says:

    I don’t know what you read, but look up AJ Scudiere or Sara Harvey or H David Blalock or Janine Spendlove and see if you’d like any of theirs.

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