Some thoughts on writing and gamification

Posted: May 15, 2015 in graffiti living
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Is there a way to make writing as ‘rewarding’ as doing nothing, watching TV or playing video games? I ask for a friend.

One way is to gamify writing; turn the writing process into a game to motivate you to write — play to write.

Another way is to treat yourselves with those activities — write to play.

Or you could just reward the stuff you need to do with stuff you don’t.

Reward your successful creative output.

Reward all productive and creative desired behaviours.

Reward writing, exercise, daily routines and all that good stuff with guilt-free play.

You’ll enjoy your reward more after you’ve earnt it.

Gamify the rewards. Give yourself a carrot, or a cookie, but don’t forget the stick.

Set real-world consequences for not getting your writing done.

If you don’t write, then it costs you money — draw money from your discretionary spending pot and throw it away.

Not literally. But that’s the price you pay for not getting shit done.

Tracking your results, such as by marking your writing output on the calendar, seems to help too.

Double-up activities to make them more fun — eg. walk whilst listening to audiobooks.

Multipliers leads to bigger rewards. Eg. Writing plus exercise is a really successful day.

And if you get it all done before 12pm, then you’re off the clock and can do what you want for the rest of the day.

Any suggestions?

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  1. David says:

    so you want to be a writer?

    Charles Bukowski, 1920 – 1994

    if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
    in spite of everything,
    don’t do it.
    unless it comes unasked out of your
    heart and your mind and your mouth
    and your gut,
    don’t do it.
    if you have to sit for hours
    staring at your computer screen
    or hunched over your
    typewriter
    searching for words,
    don’t do it.
    if you’re doing it for money or
    fame,
    don’t do it.
    if you’re doing it because you want
    women in your bed,
    don’t do it.
    if you have to sit there and
    rewrite it again and again,
    don’t do it.
    if it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,
    don’t do it.
    if you’re trying to write like somebody
    else,
    forget about it.

    if you have to wait for it to roar out of
    you,
    then wait patiently.
    if it never does roar out of you,
    do something else.

    if you first have to read it to your wife
    or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
    or your parents or to anybody at all,
    you’re not ready.

    don’t be like so many writers,
    don’t be like so many thousands of
    people who call themselves writers,
    don’t be dull and boring and
    pretentious, don’t be consumed with self-
    love.
    the libraries of the world have
    yawned themselves to
    sleep
    over your kind.
    don’t add to that.
    don’t do it.
    unless it comes out of
    your soul like a rocket,
    unless being still would
    drive you to madness or
    suicide or murder,
    don’t do it.
    unless the sun inside you is
    burning your gut,
    don’t do it.

    when it is truly time,
    and if you have been chosen,
    it will do it by
    itself and it will keep on doing it
    until you die or it dies in you.

    there is no other way.

    and there never was.

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