A month ago, I decided to submit my book to agents on October 31. About 2 weeks into it, progress was somewhat slow. I realized I needed a better work ethic. Maybe I could have some kind of reward system to motivate me to meet my writing goals.
The problem is I can’t think of any good rewards because I already do what I want. I can’t say, “If I write for two hours today I get a bubble bath,” because I would just respond with, “Shoot, I’ll take a bubble bath right now.”
It can’t be something I can buy because if I could afford something I wanted, I would have bought it already. It can't be an edible reward because if I wanted to eat something, I would have eaten it already.
This whole seize the day thing isn’t working in my favor.
My husband suggested I use punishments instead of rewards (i.e. no candy bars until I finish 2,000 words), but I don’t want writing to feel like a chore.
I guess my only motivators will have to be the pure pleasure of writing, the satisfaction of accomplishment, and coming closer to my dreams.
Why is that not enough?
It’s so ironic. I love writing more than anything else in the entire world, so you would think I’d fight to get to the computer. It’s just like exercise; I love doing it, I love how I feel afterwards, and I love the results. But do I ever exercise, ever? No. Not even a little bit.
I have no answers to these questions. So, I’d like to open the floor to my readers.
1. How often do you write? Everyday without fail, everyday but you’re not strict, infrequently but you write a ton when you get to it, or is it hit and miss?
2. How long are your writing sessions?
3. Do you do anything to motivate yourself to write? Rewards? Punishments?