A.K.A. Don’t Threaten Liz’s Friends Or You Will Get Shot. Literally. She Will Go Blonde. She Will Go On The Run From The Law. And She Will Look Fabulous Doing It. Even ‘Nike’ Says You Just Shouldn’t Do It. Take Nike’s Advice. Go Home.
Here is an incomplete list of the crop tops id like to see Yuuri in:
A sheer one
One with his school name on it
Football jersey with 69
A video game print
“My hips don’t lie”
“I’m bringing booty back”
The Nike slogan “just do it” but it is crossed out and replaced with “me”
“I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly”
lol I saw one with a space jam print and it just made me laugh
*Curtsies* Dearest Duke I come to you to seek advice. I am writing a book and I am nearing the end of my first draft except I lack the motivation to finish it. I was wondering if you have any tips on how to get motivation to finish the first draft. Thank you!
*Curtsies* I have some general advice here, but I get a lot of questions about this so maybe it deserves its own post.
Advice for Aspiring Authors: How to Get (and Stay) Motivated
Keep reading. It’s what makes writers want to write. Get a pile of your favorite books together, and when you just can’t make yourself put pen to paper, open one and re-read one of those scenes that made you want to be a writer in the first place. (But be very cautious not to let what you’re reading influence what you’re writing too much–or you may end up stealing ideas, without even really meaning to.)
Make a playlist. I am a firm believer that music be the food of writing. I have playlists for each project and sometimes individual characters and they are sometimes hundreds of songs long. Make a playlist that could be the soundtrack to your novel, songs that could be the theme song if it were a TV show, your characters’ favorite songs, etc. Make that playlist and use it to get yourself geared up when the fire’s dying.
Make a pinboard. I’m going to be honest with you, I fucking hate Pinterest. I don’t even know why. However, I’m currently living in a place where I don’t have a printer and I’m not allowed to stick shit on the walls, so Pinterest it is (and to a certain extent my author blog). I make pinboards the way I make playlists–for places, people, and entire stories. If my head’s not in the right place I scroll through a setting board and it makes the transition from my tiny living room to a big sprawling field that much easier.
Have a daily goal. This can be as vague as ‘Finish Chapter Five’ or as specific as ‘write 2,000 words,’ but you need something to shoot for. It’s much less daunting to sit down at the keyboard if you have a specific idea of what you’re trying to accomplish.
Track your progress. Did you meet that daily goal you just set? Whether it’s a wordcounter or just crossing another day of writing off the calendar, having some way to show your progress is an enormous incentive to keep progressing.
Reward–or punish–yourself. Human beings are a lot like dogs. We’re more likely do a trick if we know we’re getting a treat, so find a way to reward yourself for making progress. Wrote 1,000 words? Have a Hershey’s kiss. Wrote 2,000? Have two. (Don’t do this with booze. Trust me.) If you’re better motivated by the need to avoid negative things, set up punishments for yourself. I’m not saying you should go all house-elf and slam your face in the oven door if you don’t meet your daily goal, but do find a way to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Revoke your own TV privileges. No chocolate for you. You’re grounded until you get this done.
Strict Workflow is your best friend. Strict Workflow is a free Chrome extension based on the Pomodoro Technique. I won’t explain that here, but bro, it fucking works. It works so well that the chair of my department said to a roomful of graduate students last week, “If you’re not using the Pomodoro Technique you need to be.” I can get four or five hours of work done in one sitting with this.
Look back. If you’re losing the magic go back and read some of the scenes you’ve written already that you really love. Highlight great passages or sentences or bits of dialogue. Sometimes you have to remind yourself that yes, you are good at this. If you’re anything like me this will light a fire under your ass and make you freakin’ desperate to finish your story so you can see how perfectly all the pieces fit together for one glorious moment before revision starts and you realize it’s actually an unholy fucking mess.
Look forward. I’m not going to harp on about why you need to outline, but this is one of many reasons. If you have an outline, you know exactly how much work you need to do before you get to that one exciting scene you can’t wait to write, and that’ll motivate you to get through the other ones. Theoretically you should be in some way excited about every scene (If you aren’t, why is it there?) but no novel can be dripping with drama from start to finish, so there probably are some bits juicier than others. It’s like when you’re watching your favorite movie and you can’t wait to get to the good part.
Remind yourself why you wanted to write this thing in the first place. Make a list of at least ten reasons why you love this novel, and why you want to write it. Keep it close, at all times, so you can whip it out whenever you start to feel like giving up might just be the easiest thing.
Just fucking do it. To embellish a Nike slogan, sometimes you have to just fucking do it. I’ve said it more than once, but this is one of the things that separates people who really have it in them to be writers and people who are only ever going to write as a hobby. Want to make a career out of it? Treat it like a career. If none of the rest of this shit is working, sit down and don’t get up until it’s done, even if you’re grinding your teeth the whole damn time. Determination is key.
How Nike just did it: Brand’s game-changing slogan was inspired by infamous murderer Gary Gilmore’s last words before he was shot dead by firing squad
The ‘Just do it’ slogan first appeared at the end of a TV advert in 1988
It has been described as one of the best taglines of the 20th century
Ad executive Dan Wieden admitted it’s based on last words of a murderer
He borrowed the phrase from condemned Utah killer Gary Gilmore
Gilmore reportedly said 'let’s do it’ as he face a firing squad in 1977
Nike’s ‘Just do it’ slogan is undoubtedly a killer line – and now it’s been revealed that the inspiration for it came from an actual killer.
The phrase, first used in a Nike advert in 1988, was pitched to the firm by advertising executive Dan Wieden, who admitted that it was borrowed from something a Utah murderer uttered as he faced a firing squad.
The condemned man in question was Gary Gilmore, who was sentenced to death in 1977 for robbing and murdering two men in Utah the previous year.
Samburu runners were famously portrayed in a late 1980s Nike commercial, in which a Samburu moran’s words were translated into English as the Nike slogan “Just Do It.” This was corrected by anthropologist Lee Cronk, who seeing the commercial alerted Nike and the media that the Samburu moran was saying “I don’t want these. Give me big shoes.” Nike, in explaining the error, admitted to having improvised the dialogue and stated “we thought nobody in America would know what he said.“
Nike, the shoe company, has come out with a television commercial for hiking shoes that was shot in Kenya using Samburu tribesmen. It combines broad shots of brightly clad, dancing men and women, and close-ups of the colorful new boots. There are no words until the very end. Then the camera closes in on the one tribesman who speaks, in native Maa. As he speaks, the Nike slogan, ‘Just do it,’ appears on the screen.
Problem. Lee Cronk, an anthropologist at the University of Cincinnati, says the Kenyan is really saying: ‘I don’t want these. Give me big shoes.’ Nike admits its film crew improvised after having trouble getting a Maa version of the slogan. But, says Nike’s Elizabeth Dolan, ‘we thought nobody in America would know what he said.’
New York Times (February 15th, 1989)
I think this commercial is hilarious because of the contradictions that are simultaneously at work. American exercise weenies are urged to “Just do it (but only with our product).” At the same time, a Kenyan, a member of a people group that consistently breaks world marathon records despite their “third world status,” is saying “The heck are these things? Give me something useful.” The fact that the shoes in question aren’t running shoes is immaterial. For cultural, practical, or personal reasons, the Kenyan in this commercial scoffed at a western product a lot of us might have been proud to own back in the day, and Nike tried to pass the dismissal off as an endorsement. That amuses me.
And, lest it needs to be said, *all* of us are weenies compared to Kenyan runners. :)