An e-mail came across my computer last night that caught my eye. It was about a contest in my local writing group for rejections. Every time you receive a rejection this year, you put a dollar into the Rejection Collection pot. At the last meeting of the year, the person who has put in the most money wins the entire pot.
I was conflicted by this contest. At first I thought, no way will I enter that because who wants to win money for being the biggest loser? Then I considered it some more and realized I wanted to enter the contest for several reasons. First, when will I ever get to win any money again for not being published? At least this way, I will get something out of all my efforts. Secondly, I think being in this contest will inspire me to keep sending my manuscript to agents even if I am rejected. After all, I only have money to gain!
Entering this contest made me think how all of us who are working to be published or struggling with finding the energy and time to write our next manuscript sometimes really need extra motivation.
I just proposed a February writing contest to my critique group in which all of us put $5.00 into a pot, and the person who has written the most words by the end of February wins the pot. Now, if I can't pull myself away from Big Love to write for an hour and win some money then maybe I shouldn't be writing anyway!
I've read several ways writers motivate themselves. One writer has a glass of wine each night after finishing a certain set word count; another writer allows herself a manicure and pedicure at the end of the week if she meets a certain word count goal. I think these are great idea.
I dare you to step out of your box and set a challenge for yourself. Come up with a plan that will inspire you to write more, send out more queries or finally finish that blasted synopsis. Let me know what you come up with because I would love to hear your ideas. I might be able to use them for myself.
I'm off to write!
Julie Johnstone, The Marchioness of Mayhem