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1k a Day or 1k for Charity – Blackmail for Writers

August 1st, 2010 Posted in goals, writing

It shouldn’t have come down to this, there is motivation and there is blackmail. It certainly could seem as if I’ve now subjected myself to the final kind in order to ensure I complete my first draft of my first novel.

Quite simply it had been an idea on the back-burner for far to long. Something based in truth that is personal and with the potential to hurt those around me. But really that should only be an excuse not to try and publish it – even if it’s left in a drawer after its finished I want to write this as my first novel.

The fact is have been far to lazy. Leaving the book in the digital bottom draw of my computer, pulling it out occasionally to add a few hundred words when inspiration struck and promptly forgetting it. As of a few months ago that approach had netted a few thousand meager words, from about two years effort.

It was clearly time to try something else. When writing my ebook I had procrastinated and neglected in a similar manner until making a friendly wager with fellow blogger Arun. The prospect of waxing lyrical about his many virtues would not have been that painful or difficult but somehow it spurred me on to finish the bulk of the book in a month.

Setting my goals at the start of the year I decided to take a similar approach but to up the ante. I vowed if the book wasn’t complete by August I would donate one thousand dollars to charity – a not so insignificant sum to go missing from my bank account.

With 30 days left I find I have around 30,000 words approximately left to complete a reasonable sized first draft – 1000 words a day or else I give $1000 to a worthy cause.

I’ll get back to you at the end of the month to gloat or ask for your suggestions as to where the money shall go.

See you on the other side,


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