So you sit down at your desk to start your project. And nothing happens. Your muse has left you sitting there like an idiot with a ton of enthusiasm and no product. He never loved you anyway. That smarmy bastard who swore he’d never leave you without words to put on paper. Oh, your muse is a woman? She’s nothing but a two-timing broad you probably regret having ever brought home to your mama. How dare she give you the cold shoulder when she’s probably snuggled up close to your best friend right about now?
Nothing happens. No book is written. No poetry is crafted. Your easel sits empty while your paints dry up. Your vaudevillian puppet sits there without moving his mouth. It happens sometimes, doesn’t it? Nothing can motivate you to get into the zone of writing or drawing or painting.
Honest, I’m not judging you or trying to make you feel bad. I’ve been there. I’m empathizing, I swear. In fact, I hate when this happens. And so do my writer friends over at #10MinuteNovelists. You haven’t heard of them? Oh, you have to head over to the Facebook page or the Twitter chats and get to know these folks. They rock.
Anyway, recently during one of our writer chats (you wish you’d been there, don’t you? It’s never too late to join, my friend.), we were talking about creating writer support groups. During the conversation, we talked about how it’s important to support our own selves in the writer world. And it was born.
#WriteJar is a writer self-care system. You find (or purchase) a jar of your choosing to use for collecting beans or coins or money or whatever it is that you want to use to acknowledge your work toward reaching your writing goal(s). Every Friday, we post a picture of our jar and/or tweet how far we’ve come.
Writing may be a solitary activity, but it takes a village of people to help a single writer reach his or her writing goals. And how can we expect others to support our endeavors if we aren’t supporting ourselves? So, find a jar and join us! If you want to have tons of fun, decorate it and then start setting those writing goals. Fill your jar with beans or buttons or IOUs for something fun. Fill your jar with coins or cold, hard cash. Just set those goals and reach them. Small goals, big goals, it doesn’t matter; because with #WriteJar, you’ll get there.