Using #NovelAesthetics to Edit Faster (aka bribing myself with pretty pictures)


I admit it: I’m an image junkie. I love Pinterest and Instagram and basically any site that contains pretty pictures I can ooh and ahh at. I swear, Pinterest is a rabbit hole. I tell myself I’ll go browse “just for ten minutes” . . .  *cues me emerging from a Pinterest spree two hours later*

And then I discovered the #NovelAesthetics hashtag a month ago, thanks to the Twitter writing community, and boy, that’s a whole new rabbit hole to explore. Which I did, carefully.

See, I think I’ve finally figured out the secret to effective editing. For every ten chapters I knock out, I get to create one of these #NovelAesthetics beauties. So no, I am totally not above bribing myself to get the job done. But hey, if it works, it works, yeah? Plus, not only do these fun collages motivate me to work on those chapters, they’re also fun to share 🙂 And if I’m ever lacking in inspiration, all I need to do is glance at one (I usually keep the most recent one pinned to my Twitter timeline for easy access) and boom. Insta-Muse.

The picture I included in this post is my first #NovelAesthetics for Of Silver and Starswhich I created after editing my first ten chapters. I’ve just finished editing chapter thirty-nine twenty minutes ago, so yep, this does mean I have two more completed collages which I very much plan on posting sometime soon! (Perhaps after I finish editing chapter forty . . .)

What do you think? Would you use this method to bribe motivate yourself? What methods do you use to reach your (writing/reading/what-have-you-got) goals?

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