Thursday, May 3, 2012


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? 

Leave a comment and share what works for you. One commenter will win their choice of titles from my backlist in any digital format.


Annie Nicholas said...

Nice reward system. I use books as mine. When I finish a project and sub it, I take off a few days to read.

Ella Drake said...

I love how you reward yourself! I need a better reward system. Hmmm. I need to put some thought into this!

Rebecca Royce said...

For me, its TV shows. I can watch something if I finish my write goal.

Beth Caudill said...

I'm using a pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream as my reward.

JoAnne Kenrick said...

I do a similar thing, but usually the treats come when release day comes around. Otherwise those days kinda fall flat for me. I don't know if anyone else feels the same way, but I get what I like to call post-show depression; you've done the show. had the after party, but now what? So a treat on that day squashes the post-show D. I like to hit amazon up with something just for me and time it so it arrives either on or just before release day.

Linda said...

Love the reward system =) since i don´t write i´m not really in need of a reward system, reading is my reward. Though i use the guilt system when i read, not to start a new book when i´m already reading one. With ebooks and a kindle + a tablet, that´s easier said than done. =)
best wishes & Happy Friday!

Dariel Raye said...

Love it! Your nail polish is my lip stick/gloss. My reward for submissions is a new pair of shoes, and for releases, I go to dinner and celebrate! I've even been known to have a massage party or two ;-)