Set writing goals together, and pay in money that you'll forfeit if you don't hit your target — or win off each other if you do!1
How to start your own writing challenge group:
- Get a group of friends together who are writers — Facebook groups work well for this.
- Decide on a challenge length. It could be one week or one month or some other length.
- Choose the amount of money you'll ante up. About $20 US seems right to motivate but not impoverish.
- Someone is in charge of holding the kitty and being the challenge cheerleader. Everyone pays in, usually through PayPal.
- You each publicly set a challenge goal and then check in and cheer each other on every day.
- By the end of the challenge, you each declare whether you met or missed your goal. The honor system prevails.
- Losers forfeit their money. Winners get their money back plus a share of the losers' money.
For instance, assuming a $20 buy-in from 6 participants, if two fail, the other four collect back $30 each. A nice little prize for completing your writing goal!
And even if you fail, you got to work on your writing and you're several steps closer to your goal than you were before, so despite the loss of funds, it's still not really losing!