Although writing is its own reward, sometimes a girl gets a little tired of meeting that daily write goal. Everyone needs a push now and again, and once I heard about my friend Sasha’s reward program, I was ready to sign on the dotted line.
Sasha and I have a thing about nail polish—we buy it like it’s going out of style. Her reward program is simple. As new polishes are released that tickle our fancies, we make notes of the ones we want most. Instead of indulging in an impulse buy, we hold firm until we’ve accomplished something writing-wise that earns us our polish of choice.
While this program is tailored to maximize our rewards…it also maximizes our motivation.
One new bottle of polish for each project finished, and one new bottle of polish for each project submitted. Two bottles for every revision request, two bottles of polish for every contract received, and sometimes up to five bottles per rejection. That last one depends, doesn’t it? Some rejections require more glitter/flaky/duochrome polish to get over than others.
The funny thing is, and it figures my husband would be the one to notice and comment, but it also saves money. Nail polish can be expensive (anywhere from $2 to $20 or more a bottle). Since it takes an average of three to four months for me to produce a novel, he supports the reward program (and months without tiny boxes arriving in the mailbox) wholeheartedly.
How about you? Do you have a rewards system?
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