A few months ago I signed up for a site called 750 Words. At the time I figured it would be an easy way to write in a distraction free writing environment and make sure I was hitting a daily writing target.
Then the subtly gamification hooked me…
The website reminds and encourages you to write every single day. At the top of the screen you see how many days you’ve written 750 words in a row as well as an X on the days of that month you’ve completed.
Once I started building the chain, I was hooked. I went as far as having to do a few entries on my phone while in the car. It took 5x longer, but I couldn’t let myself break the chain.
I’ve officially written over 75,000 words in the last 100 days. That’s the most I’ve ever written consistently. The book I wrote is less than 35,000 words and comes in around 150 pages. Half of what I wrote with the site 750Words might be garbage since I wrote in more of a freewriting style, but I know that also brought out a few ideas I never would have thought of.