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?