Tricks and treats in January?

Hello, cafe friends! We’re halfway through the first month of 2016. Can you believe it?

Like most of the regulars here, I’ve spent the last month reviewing my progress in 2015 and laying out new goals for year. I’ve also emptied my happiness jar and started over. If you want a peek at the moments that were the cream of the crop in 2015, check out my this post. I’m also glad to report that we’re 15 days in, and I have about 10 post-its in the jar already.


I’ve set forth a fairly aggressive writing agenda for the year, but this time I’m taking the tortoise approach, rather than the hare. I’ve set a weekly goal of 7500 words. This will allow me to complete drafts of my contracted works without putting a crunch on revision time, but is within a reasonable range for me.

In December, I picked up the 100 words for 100 days challenge. The point of this isn’t so much to hit a word count, but to build the habit. 100 words is pretty easy for me. Most days I keep on going past that goal, but it establishes a doable minimum for those days when I’m not feeling well, or I’m just burnt out from the day job to much. I figure it’s a good writing day as long as I write something. My only rule is that it has to be 100 words on my WIP. So, sadly, this post doesn’t count.

Still, if I make my words, I get a treat. Cheetos, an episode of The West Wing on Netflix, or a bubble bath with a book I didn’t write. These are just a sampling of the mind games I play with myself. How about you? Do you use any tricks to earn treats even when it’s not Halloween?



Tricks and treats in January? — 3 Comments

  1. Great suggestions, Maggie! Glad to hear your 2016 is off to a roaring start! I (sort of) joined in the 100 words/day challenge. Up till now, I’ve been bad about sticking to things and forming habits with my writing, but now’s as good a time as ever to change. I think I’ll reward myself with a spoonful of Nutella, fresh from the freezer. 😀

  2. Great post, Maggie. I started the 100 words for 100 days a couple of times, but didn’t stick with it. Whenever I was in the midst of revisions I found it hard to keep writing, too. I want to get in the habit of writing M-F, so I might give it a try later this year.

  3. I was inspired by your motto to write at least 100 words a day. I was doing okay around Christmas, but things got crazy at work and I’m finding I’m only writing on the weekends. But at least I’m still writing! Best of luck with your writing goals for 2016.

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