Some of you may remember I previously wrote about establishing a system for writing incentives here.
I started the system right after publishing that post in January. To begin with, I withdrew 20 singles from the bank and set up a plastic bucket with the words “writing bank” on it. Very official, I know.
- Post to blog: .50
- Daily freewrite for 10 minutes: .50
- Misc. work for 1 hour (writing exercises, research publications, reading, etc.): $1
- Write for 1 hour: $1
- Revise/edit/outline for 1 hour: $1
- Submit pitch: $2.50
- Submit story to journal/submit article to website/submit piece to contest: $5
I’ve finally reached the end of my initial start-up and here’s how I estimate having earned the $25:
- 4 blog posts: $2
- Submitting a pitch: $5
- Submitting a screenplay to a contest: $5
- Revise/editing: $2
- Freewriting: $11
Overall, the system has been satisfying mentally and financially. I withdrew the money from my checking and deposited it into my savings after I had “earned” all of it. I realize $25 isn’t much, but that also makes it more feasible to continue the system and to help continue to build up my savings, a personal goal right now as a poor grad student.
Additionally, I learned something I already knew–that my freewriting is most valuable. This is when I tend to generate new ideas or find ways out of sticky situations. Yet I still am so lazy that I dread doing it all the time. Writing for 10 minutes then going to throw .50 in the bucket makes it somehow more satisfying.
Have any of you tried a similar system? How has it worked for you? Let me know in the comments.