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One of the biggest benefits of NaNoWriMo for me is the creative momentum it spawns, even beyond November. Each year I’m energized by the imaginative sparks (and sometimes flames) that result from immersing myself in writing. I also learn (and relearn) important things about time management, discipline, and the value of writing with others.
But … sometimes the very creative momentum I prize so much wanes in the general hecticness of life. The monstrous bite of my to-do list can be scarier than any of my antagonists’ snarls. This year, I’m asking myself how to nurture the writing breakthroughs I’ve experienced this month and find ways to keep them going year-round.
I just discovered one simple technique: savor the good experiences of writing because momentum is fed by positive thoughts. According to Fred Bryant, a social psychologist at Loyola University Chicago, just by reflecting on your feelings during positive events, you can better incorporate those activities into your life and keep good things going.
Here are some of Bryant’s savoring techniques:
Anonymous asked: The LA Times ran a story today that 85% of American consumers actually stay home for Black Friday, so (as usual, I suppose) it's the loud minority that gets all the attention, including inducing retailers to start opening stores on Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving is the latest it could possibly be this year, which means fewer shopping days until Christmas. Retailers have been trying to make up for it by attempting to get people in stores all this past week. I think it’s actually backfiring because so many people are sick of it by this point.