Two weeks ago six of the eight bloggers for NHWN had dinner. Most of us had never met in person. We spent a little (very little) time on small talk. Then we each talked about our work, where we were, and our challenges.
Challenges seemed to fall into three areas: time, inspiration, and motivation.
Now the terrific part of this dinner, and these women, were that suggestions were made to help. Support was offered for new avenues of creativity. Successes (big and small) were celebrated. Ideas were batted around.
And a pact was made.
Both Wendy and I have manuscripts that are in revising/rewriting stages. Wendy has someone willing to look at it. I have a conference this fall, an agent pitch, and a new idea brewing. Neither of us had hard deadlines.
Until dinner. And our deal.
We agreed that we would have finished work by September 1. It gave us both the entire month of August. At stake? If we don’t meet the deadline, we have to write a check to the presidential candidate opposite our choice.
Now, as if that wasn’t motivating enough, Wendy talked about the pact on Facebook, and tagged me. I also posted something. We have a lot of friends encouraging us to write.
We have two more weeks to go. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.
In the meantime, what do you think? Would this give you motivation?