Dating for Writing

If I’m having a really hard time motivating myself to write–and by write, I mean planting myself in a chair to just do it–I make a date. There are several advantages to making a date.

1. The time is scheduled. I feel obligated just because it’s in my datebook. I feel even more obligated if I announce that I have a writing date on Twitter or similar.

2. If I don’t show up, my fellow writer will be annoyed.

3. If I show up and don’t write, the date will be a failure.

4. If I don’t show up, or show up and don’t write, then I have to tell people I wimped out.

5. I always feel better after I’ve added wordcount.

So, essentially, a writing date shames me into writing. There are other reasons for writing dates, for instance seeing a writer friend, but right now, making myself write is the main reason for me.

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. Her blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and occasional author interviews.
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4 Responses to Dating for Writing

  1. Leanne says:

    So you actually go somewhere and write together? I've noticed a couple of my writing buddies announce on Facebook that they're writing, but each from their own homes.

    I haven't written anything since the beginning of June.

  2. Victoria Janssen says:

    Yep! That way, neither person can be distracted by, say, their laundry.

  3. Cathleen Ross says:

    I didn't know that you wrote as two people. I thought you were one person.

  4. Victoria Janssen says:


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