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How I Use Stickers for Motivation

| July 13, 2020

I am easily motivated by cute things, and one of my favorite cute things is stickers. I was in grade school through most of the 80s, which meant I was just the right age for the sticker craze. And it occurred to me, as an adult, that now I have my own money and I […]

Gamifying Your Writing

| June 22, 2020

Gamification is defined as “the application of typical elements of game playing (e.g. point scoring, competition with others, rules of play) to other areas of activity, typically as an online marketing technique to encourage engagement with a product or service.” In addition to the marketing applications,¬†for some writers, gamifying writing tasks can be a great […]

Rewarding Yourself for Accomplishments

| December 3, 2018

Last week, I came upon a really inspiring thread on Twitter about rewarding yourself for your accomplishments as a writer. This thread in particular was by a novel author who had wrapped up ten presents, each one to correspond with the completion of 10,000 words of a novel. In this author’s case, most of the […]

Stickers as Writing Motivation

| November 12, 2018

I was always a fan of stickers as a reward for good work as a kid, and it turns out that stickers are still a fantastic motivator for me. I joined a sticker club (Pipsticks¬†[link is a referral in case you’re interested in getting stickers too!]), which means that I get a ton of stickers […]