The real motivator I remember from the one time I participated in National Novel Writing Month (starts today! good luck to y’all!) was that I kept a daily word count. I’ve been doing that again with my revision sessions and just seeing the new words pile up inspires me to keep going for another chapter, even if I feel like stopping for the day.
Today I got another 1000 new words into just under 20 pages of revision. At this rate, I will have the words I need in three more days. However, I’ll still need at least all of next week and possibly the weekend to revise and then reread the whole ms. again before I send it off.
I still have my superstition about sending mss. out in December (crazy-busy month for everyone including editors) so if my luck holds I’ll be three weeks ahead of the holiday frenzy.