Writing is a job. It’s a labor of love, for me, but it’s work, nonetheless. And like all work, I need a kick in the pants once in a while.
I’ve participated in the 70 Days of Sweat writing challenge before, and found it very useful for disciplining myself to make deadlines. Recently, I found myself needing some extra motivation, so I joined league with authors Fiona Jayde and Lacey Savage for our own little writing challenge.
What’s the difference between challenging yourself and joining league with others? Well, for one thing, you’re accountable to another person or persons. You have to ‘report in’ your word count for the day. No, they aren’t going to yell at you if you don’t make your word count, but there’s something about saying…”I didn’t do it” to someone else that acts as its own kind of motivation.
Plus, if you’re struggling, it’s nice to have people who know what you’re working on, who can empathize, and offer both general support and specific suggestions. Writing is, for the most part, a solitary profession, so it’s nice to share some common goals for a period of time.