Writing motivation by putting your money on the line

by TheHack on May 30, 2010

I’m a running hack as well as a writing hack. I spend a few months running and then skip a week and then a month and then (sometimes) a year before I decide to start running again. When I start running again, I spend a few days plodding around the streets or on a treadmill just going through the motions. And then I pick a race and sign up for it.

There is just something about spending that money.

I start logging my runs in spreadsheets. I start buying new shoes. I start increasing the miles. I’m doing it right now in fact. I have a race that I signed up for at the end of July. I signed up a couple weeks ago and have now run 13 of the last 14 days with no end in sight.

The topic of paying for things as a way to forcing yourself to stay committed to them came up recently on a website I frequent. One of the commenters mentioned that she thought she would write more regularly if she were paying a membership type of fee for it.

I half jokingly mentioned that she could send the money to me, I would email her reminders every day to get writing and pester her once in a while to see how she was doing.

She said how much and then after a couple of emails back and forth signed up.

Then someone else who read the exchange contacted me to see if I would do the same thing for her and she just signed up, too.

If you are interested, this is what I am offering. Each day, you will receive an email with a message that is either an inspiring quote (often slightly tweaked to make them writing relevant) or writing prompt or something like that and then a reminder to get writing. In exchange, you pay as a way to put your money where your mouth is and get some good ol’ wallet inspiration to sit down and write..

The first person signed up for a year. The second is going month by month for now.

If you are interested, hit the Contact Me button at the top of the page and send me a message.

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fingers June 6, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Hey, I’m the original pay-per-writer. :)

So funny to see it up here. Been writing. Journaling mostly.

admin June 8, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Glad to hear it has been working well so far. Now go get writing.

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