You know that consistent effort is one of the keys to improving your writing quality and output, but it’s hard. If you want some extra incentive and support in reaching your writing goals, join other Any Good Thing readers for our February Writing Challenge.
It will run from February 5 to March 4, and you can sign up as late as February 5. Here’s how it works:
- You commit to writing at least 400 words each day for five days of the week, Sunday through Saturday. That’s 2000 words per week or 8000 words–an academic article, 16 blog posts, 8 book reviews, a chapter in a novel…whatever you are aiming for–in 4 weeks.
- Email me at email@example.com to let me know you are participating. Include this participation-form
- You send me a check for $20 to cover one month of participation or pay via Facebook Payment if we are FB friends. I don’t cash your check…yet.
- Each day that you write, you email what you wrote to firstname.lastname@example.org. (No, I’m not going to read it, but, yes, I’m going to make sure it’s new words each day.) Include the word count in the subject line to make my life easier.
- If you write 400 words for 5 days a week for 4 weeks, you get all your money back. (Plus probably more.) That’s $1 per day of writing.
- If you write for 19 days of the 20, you get $17 back. If you write for 18 days, you get $14 back. If you write for 17 days, you get $11 back. If you write for fewer than 17 days, though, you surrender the full $20.
- Any funds surrendered for not writing the full 20 days go into a kitty that is divided between all those who wrote each of the 20 days MINUS $5 that will be awarded as a gift card to one 20-day-writer whose name is drawn at random.
This is a free exercise, so there’s no cost to participate (unless, of course, you don’t meet your goals), and all the money pooled goes back to participants.
Fill out the form linked above, and I’ll send you an address for the check at that point (or if we are FB friends, you can pay via FB Messenger). If you can’t participate now, we’ll do it again starting March 6.
Participation also gets you into our secret Any Good Thing Writing Challenge Facebook group (which, after seeing my daily word count increase, is my favorite part) and, if you want, an accountability partner you can email daily or weekly (as you prefer) to summarize what you’ve been working on. If there are other ways you want this group to be helpful to you, just let me know.