Writing Tip of the Week

I know, I know, everyone has tips to help you write. This is actually a tip that can work for pretty much anything that you need some motivation for. I originally got the idea from the Knitmore Girls, they call it the cake method.

A recent collection of M&Ms from an editing session to meet a deadline.

A recent collection of M&Ms from an editing session to meet a deadline.

If you need some motivation to write, or clean, or whatever, the first thing you do is set a ‘marker’ of some sort. It could be a specified time, like 2 minutes. For me, I recently set the marker at one page.

You work to the marker, then give yourself a reward. Like a bite of cake or, in my case, a peanut m&m. BUT this will only work if you are honest about it! Don’t go giving yourself two bites if you only earned one. You will eventually get your goal, and finish your treat.

Go forth, get writing (or cleaning or organizing or knitting) and enjoy the rewards!