Do you have a hard time to keep writing your novel?
Did fear sneak into your words?
Is your inner editor muttering nonsensical things that keep your fingers away from the keyboard?
Introducing: the reward system!
One of the most fun side effects of playing with your writing is that you can really turn things around for yourself in unexpected ways.
For instance: my most dreaded aspect of writing used to be rejections. When I used to receive a rejection I wanted to crawl away into a cave and cry for days, and for a couple of years, I stopped submitting altogether. Now it’s just something that happens. Usually, I just shrug and resubmit.
The only thing changed between then and now, is that I play with my writing, and I now reward myself for rejections.
It’s like a merit badge for writers. Instead of earning one for helping an old lady across the street, you get a merit badge for submitting, for editing, or for not getting stumped by the blank page and the cursor blinking inside it.
Making the list
Make a list of things you love to eat, do or get.
Here are some suggestions from my personal reward list:
- some of my favorite candy
- a book I’ve wanted for ages
- some pretty paper
- office supplies (I am an office supply junkie!)
- dark chocolate
- an hour of gaming
- dancing madly
I could go on and on with my list, but I think you get the message.
How you use it
Once you have your list, it’s very simple to implement it.
1. Always put your dreaded task first on your to-do list(no use postponing, and you KNOW you will get rewarded straight away)
2. Pick out your reward for when you’re done
3. Just DO the task
4. Enjoy your reward:)
An example: I really dreaded to write this blog post, for some reason. However, I picked my reward (3 dark chocolate eggs), and now, 20 minutes later, the blog post is done.
Using rewards is a way to retrain your brain into making everything playful. Before you know it you submit fearlessly, you are undaunted by blank pages, and rejections are just something that earns you a new book!
Over to you!
How do you use rewards?
Can you share some of the rewards on your list?