Ideally, we should all be motivated to write by the _art_ of it all, the creative expression of our…
Or not. One thing I’ve noticed not only about myself but also every other writer I’ve ever known is that we are fundamentally a lazy bunch. More succinctly, the only thing a writer enjoys more than writing is avoiding writing. Sometimes we need an extra little kick. Especially during [NaNoWriMo](http://www.nanowrimo.org), where the clock is very literally ticking.
This year I’m using a carrot and a stick. The stick is easy. I’m doing this in public. My daily wordcounts will be posted for all to see at [http://bit.ly/CrusadeWC](http://bit.ly/CrusadeWC). Am I leaving myself open to public jeering, ridicule, possibly thrown virtual vegetables? Sure. My friends know I am nearly immune to embarrassment, but I do have an ego to protect.
The carrot is a little more fun. If I “win” NaNoWriMo, by which I mean if I get to 50,000 words within the month of November, I’m buying myself a [Kindle](http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003FSUDM4). I’ve been wanting one, and even though I’m saving up to get an apartment, I’ll make an exception for this… if I win. If I don’t have 50,000 words by 11:59:59 PM November 30th, no Kindle until after I move, if then.
So what are your extra little incentives to write this November?