Joining a writing group has had a big impact on my engagement in the writing community. And in the course of participating in this group, the #WriteJar revolution was born.
All too often we get caught up in doing things that have to be done and forget about ourselves, our hobbies, and our dreams. #WriteJar is here to help you keep things in perspective. It’s about caring for yourself as a writer among all the other roles you play in life.
What is #WriteJar you ask? It’s a simple concept that keeps writers motivated and forward thinking about their writing and their dreams about becoming a successful writer. Here’s how it works.
Get a jar. Any jar with a lid will do. I chose a jar that once housed jalapeno pepper slices.
If necessary (as it was in my case), clean the jar out. Wash and scrub that jar until it shines. Or at least until you get most of the jalapeño smell out of it.
After it’s dry, pull out all your crafting materials. You’ll want things like stickers or paints or colorful markers and tape or glue.
Decorate your jar –you can choose as many or as few decorations as you like, but make sure that it inspires you and keeps you focused on writing. Have fun while you do this. This is all about you and your writer self-care.
Choose a currency. This can be anything. Maybe you put a marble in your jar for every 1,000 words you write and the marble represents a dollar. Or you put in colorful index cards with a dollar amount written on them for every hour you spend writing. Perhaps you use cold hard cash to fill your jar for every hour you write or blog you draft or day you spend editing. The great thing about choosing your currency is that it’s something you know will motivate you to write.
Sit down and write your novel. Or blog daily. Or edit that harry manuscript you’ve been avoiding for a year. Whatever writing related task you’ve been putting off needs to be attended to. Put your #WriteJar on the desk while you write. I’ve found that having it sitting in front of me with my wallet (money is my currency) next to it makes it much easier to set daily goals and get them accomplished.
Decide how you’ll spend your reward. Save up for a writing conference. Indulge in some leisure reading. Purchase a new laptop. Your goals can be as short or as long as you want them to be. Or maybe you just want to start a daily habit of writing and you’re going to sit back and watch your #WriteJar fill up for a while before you decide what to do with the reward. That’s okay too.
The purpose of the #WriteJar revolution is to take care of you as a writer. It’s about finding making time to write and rewarding you for doing it. Writing is hard. It’s not easy to sit there and bleed all over your computer or notepad and then share your soul with the world for them to judge and critique. So reward yourself. You’ve earned it.