Gamification: the process of adding games or gamelike elements to something (such as a task) so as to encourage participation.
I've been working on different writing projects, but I find my mind wanting to do other things when I should be writing. I'm a visual person, I need to see the finished product to be able to have the proper motivation to achieve it. In many cases that are applicable to our lives, this is not possible. I can't see a 300 page book, completed with edits and a cover that hasn't even reached chapter 3.
With that said, I now pass to you what has helped me; Habitica. I've been testing the waters with this tool for the past week and half and I'm surprised to tell you, for me, it worked. At least for writing. With Habitica you can set Habits, Dailies and To-Do's to help you achieve goals through your life. These small goals each and every day may help you achieve that really, really big goal at the end of the month, maybe the end of six months or even a year.
Or maybe it could just help you quit smoking.
Either way, if changing that poopy diaper is a way to earn a few extra experience points or get you closer to buying the third tier of your class weapon, it's worth it.
So, it's 11:15pm and I'm sitting in my living room, sipping chamomile tea and listening to I Should Be Writing by Mur Lafferty. It's pretty self explanatory, but just in case it's really not, it's a podcast for wanna be fiction writers. I'm that, along with a novice writer. Ironically, my last post here was about a book I started writing and I apparently finished chapter one?
Couldn't find this so-called book I started and had affirmations to complete by 2016. It's 2018 and I don't even remember what it was about. I'm good at that, starting hobbies or setting goals and losing interest after 15 days. However, the one thing I can acknowledge that does exist is the simple desire to write. Just write. Always has. A book, a blog, a short story, an article, whatever I can write. All of which fill a hole I have when I don't write.
So, here I am, writing, filling that void before I drift off to sleepy land. I didn't really have anything to say or share I just felt like I should maybe come back to this? Maybe be more active on here? I've left Facebook, so I have some more time that can be filled with things that are more fulfilling.
Also, I started reading a lot more since my last post and joined a book club. We're called A Novel Bunch and I hate to say I had absolutely nothing to do with the name or formation of the book club. Disappointing. Currently making our way through A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. If you have not picked up this book at your local library, do yourself and your local library a favor and pick it up. I'll leave a brief review after I complete it. Maybe.
Until next time, two hours from now, two days, two weeks or even two years. Again.