We have long been proponents of setting positive incentives for reaching your writing goals. Finish revising that scene? Reward yourself with a piece of chocolate. Write for an hour? Treat yourself to a night out with your significant other or a friend. But sometimes negative incentives are just as motivating. To continue making progress on your writing project, consider finding ways to help you meet your deadlines and goals by promising to do something you don’t like if you miss the mark. Didn’t write 1,000 words today like you planned to? Succumb for a week to the one household chore no one wants to claim. Fail to write a new scene today? Ban yourself from something you love doing for the next day. Hopefully, when you check in with us at the end of October, you won’t have to admit how low you had to stoop to meet your goals for the month.
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It’s been six months since our 2020 Write by Midnight challenge concluded. Chances are your writing goals have changed since February, maybe even more than they normally would by this time of year as the world navigates life amid a global pandemic. Now is a good time to evaluate your progress, update what you want to accomplish and set new benchmarks to help you reach your revamped goals. As always, keep them realistic, but don’t be afraid to push the envelope. Remember to build accountability into your writing schedule. Tell a partner, a writing friend or the Twitterverse what you plan to achieve in the next six months, and share it with us here, as well.
If you’re finding it difficult to maintain your daily writing habit in this time of enforced family togetherness, take some time each day for 15, 10 or even just 5 minutes to do a writing sprint. Don’t worry about making the prose beautiful; simply get words on the page. Then, before you go to bed, no matter what time that is, jot down how you did and what your writing goal is for the next day.