13 Games I Play to Continuously Crush My Writing Goals With Ease

Writing is hard, playing isn’t

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Ugh. It happened again.

Just before you slept yesterday, you were excited to wake up, brew your favorite coffee, and start writing a new article today.

But today, you feel like sleeping. Writing doesn’t seem exciting anymore. It seems tedious.

Not able to finish your writing goal today, worse, not even at least opening the doc to start writing, is sucking the energy out of you. You feel like you are procrastinating. You feel like you are missing something. You feel like you are a loser who doesn’t get things done.

It just feels bad. You want to write, but you can’t.

You are tense. You’re frustrated. You’re losing hope.

But wait! This is actually a good thing — it’s a necessity for success. We can’t avoid it, nor skip it, and can’t even suppress it. It happens whenever it has to happen. I call this “The Writer’s Mind-Building Period.”

This actually comes with a lot of benefits. A few are:

  1. You start to think more clearly when that period ends. Because you’re fresh, you’re fully energetic, and you’ve got a newer, better perspective now.
  2. You get more motivated to write and make up for your lost time.

However, it comes with some drawbacks too:

  1. Laziness is addictive. You become addicted to that — not writing.
  2. You feel like giving up and you might, actually, give up even though you know that it’s a temporary period.

The good news? That period will end whether you write or not. It just happens. So when that period comes, it’s better to write than to waste time, right?

I play a few games and those help me get my writing tasks done really easily in those periods. It’s fun.

Wanna try those?

Cool. Let’s do it. Let’s make our writing journey fun.

Remember, every writer is different. You have the choice to choose your own game (I’m a weird kind of writer, every game works for me in different scenarios.)

1. T20 Game With My Tasks & Time

Who doesn’t want to be a winner? Who doesn’t want to become a superstar? Who doesn’t want to write a good story?

We all want to be a winner.

I play the T20 game with my (writing) tasks and my time.

Here’s how it goes: if I can finish my writing goal (short and specific — “write 500 words in 20 minutes”), task wins. If I can’t finish my work, time wins.

The task is the hero here. Time, the villain. I’m just the storyteller. I don’t have anything to lose, but I have control over who I want to win. I’m the producer of the movie. And, making the hero win means I win.

2. Break Up With Your Special One Challenge

If your significant other doesn’t motivate you to work on your dream, nobody can.

Talk with your special one and make a commitment: “I’ll write one article daily and share you the link for your amazing feedback. When I finish writing my 5,000th story, I’ll marry you. If I break my commitment on any day, we won’t talk for a month. If I break my commitment thrice in a row, you’ll forget me and we won’t talk, ever.”

Losing something is a powerful motivator. Take advantage of that. Of course, this is a bit dramatized, but it works. You can also do this with your best friend like I do if you don’t have a special one yet.

This is fun.

3. The Poor Boy Game

Writing is thinking. So it can become frustrating. And it’s easier to become lazy.

I have two laptops. One 100% faster than my barber and another one 1000% times slower than my barber. The slower one doesn’t have any battery — it just runs on power.

While writing, which one do you think I use?

You guessed it right — the slowest one.

Why?

And, by the way, along with my PC being slow and it running without battery, some buttons on my keyboard don’t work.

Ohh, that ‘why’? As it runs just on power, I have to be near the table and work while it gets power. Hence it forces me to sit straight in the chair and get my work done. “If I stop now, I can never finish” is what motivates me. If I finish my tasks soon, I can use my better laptop, for chilling.

Also, the faulty keyboard helps me avoid the tendency to edit often — because I know that my keyboard doesn’t work.

4. Editor Is My Significant Other

Love is a great motivator. I usually write for Better Marketing. I just love, love, LOVE the editors there — really! And I imagine the editors as my significant other. Either I show up every day or I become unknown to them.

This works like a charm.

5. The Tic-Tac-Toe Game With a Calendar

My cousin, who is a doctor, inspired me with this.

After hearing this, I immediately bought a table calendar (I used to hate calendars before.)

During her test preparation, she used to put a cross on the dates when she could finish her revision for that day.

On the day she couldn’t? Her friend marked a circle.

If she didn’t finish her revision thrice in a day? Her friend won — she would have the right to put a straight line to the three matching circles.

I recently started this with my sister.

I play a tic-tac-toe game with my calendar, along with my sister. I want my sister to lose, not only in this game but everywhere (just sibling things).

The motivation to make her lose is a good motivator. I don’t allow her to win. I cheat — I never skip writing on any day.

6. Hide and Seek With My Older Content

I usually write in Google Docs. And I have a ton of drafts, either one idea or five quotes, 29 sentences or a complete article that just needs to be polished — I have everything.

Now I do this for a few reasons:

  1. I constantly jump from one idea to another, or better, one inspiration to another.
  2. I write anything I find interesting down. And I know that I don’t have to know or write everything. And these small things will turn out to be great at my bad times.

Older drafts are gold because they are. Okay, I mean older drafts already have something: a base to inspire you, a foundation to hold you strong, support to keep you upright. You already have the writing written, so it’s easier.

When I’m out of motivation and inspiration, I’m desperate to seek out to my closet for older, and golder drafts. Because they are.

7. The Cooking for Self Game

Imagine you are asked to cook a meal for someone and you weren’t given the salt. You thought:maybe they don’t/can’t eat salt.”

And once you’re done cooking the meal, they ask you to eat it. You’ll be like, “uhh, if I was supposed to eat this, I’d have made it way better, and without salt how on earth will I eat it?’

Why do you think the meal isn’t very good? Because you didn’t cook it for yourself — you didn’t add your love, you didn’t add your emotion, you didn’t add you there. Yes, you. You being present makes everything awesome.

That’s true anywhere you go. When you write from the heart, you write well. Why? You are being present. You’re being there.

And, even if you add your love, write from the heart, be present, what if you don’t have the salt? Every meal is tasteless. This means you need to have the key ingredient — being you, being authentic, being original.

8. The Small Blue Whale Game

This is fierce. I literally do this. There’s no way. I have to shower in ice-cold water if I don’t finish my writing task for any given day. My mom makes me do that, strictly, because I made her promise me to.

9. The Eiffel Tower Challenge

I’m convinced to write every day because of a secret agenda: the more I write, the more scope for me to get rejected and so the taller is the list of my rejection, which will help me reach the top of the Eiffel Tower sooner.

Making a list of rejections is a great motivator. I don’t want to break my chain of rejections. I’m building my staircase to the Eiffel Tower with this.

This is really fun.

10. The Hemingway Challenge

When I’m completely out of motivation and I want to quit, here’s what I think: “What would I do if I were Ernest Hemingway for a day? Would I skip writing? Never!” That’s what forces and guides me to write every single day.

11. Candlelight Dinner With Writing

Nights are best for some romance, maybe even early morning as well. Block out just one hour of your time for a romantic candlelight dinner with your writing, at any time of the day you’re the most energetic — early in the morning, late at the night, or evening after getting beaten by your crush.

Just you and your article. Literally, light your candles, set the scene, decorate the table and have the dinner and some drinks ready and just write.

It’s romantic.

12. Stop the WiFi Shutdown Challenge

I have to research while I write — constantly. This means, without the internet, I’m nothing.

I set my WiFi to auto-shutdown in a set time if I don’t finish my work within that time. If I can finish early, I can avoid the shutdown, by manually fixing it — however, I can’t leave the desk without finishing. That’s a strict order, set by me, to me.

13. Last Day of My Life Challenge

This is the biggest motivator of all. What if I die in one hour?

What if I lose my sight now?

What if I lose my memory now?

What if my hand breaks now?

We never know what can happen at any time.

If tomorrow is my last day, I won’t worry. Because tomorrow is my last day — I don’t have to hide all my knowledge. I want to have an impact. And I want to write the best article. I have to. There’s no way. So I do.

This works.

Final Thoughts

Writing is a creative field and it’s harder to get feedback here. Even harder to keep yourself motivated. You need to be your own motivator.

And, writing can be hard, playing isn’t. We don’t need motivation to play (or maybe we do?)

Play your way out to crush your writing goals.

It works. It’s fun.

My story might not matter but it'll gently touch your interior and remind you how smarter you are. Google forced to include numbers: shajedul.karim.01@gmail.com

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