Imagine if one year from now you were holding your completed manuscript in your hands.
The one you’ve been meaning to write for ages, but life kept getting in the way.
Even better, imagine you wrote this manuscript:
While creating a consistent writing habit
Without losing all your friends and your significant other
Without having to swear off Netflix completely
While getting sweet surprises in the mail every time you reached your word count goal.
In reality, you haven’t touched your manuscript in who knows how long--and truth be told Netflix ALWAYS sounds more fun than writing.
And you are really tired of having an internal argument every time you think about how you should be writing.
You feel like a failure because you want to write but never do.
You feel weak because you don’t have the discipline to write.
You’ve tried all the incentives you can imagine, but they never actually keep you writing.
You are pretty certain that you will never actually finish your draft. And that makes you sad.
Introducing Writing Homework, accountability for grownup writers who want to finally finish that draft already--without resorting to cheap tricks, faddish writing tactics, and self-shaming sessions.
Say what?! This sounds too good to be true--but it’s not. You set a deadline and word count, I give you stars when you meet your deadline. Once you get four stars, I send you a Hip HIp Hooray package chock full of confetti, bookish delights, writerly paraphernalia, and probably candy. You write regularly--you get rewarded with sweet goodies in the mail.
It’s about frickin’ time.
Here’s what you get when you sign up for writing homework:
Affordable accountability, so you have that extra incentive to sit down and write every day and you can start making huge progress on your manuscript.
Rewards for writing, sent to you by snail mail, so writing will seem less like drudgery and more like a delightful project that gets you cool stuff.
An attainable word count goal, so you can write your words for the day and then relax, guilt-free.
Incentive to write on a regular basis, so writing can become a real habit--one that you don’t even have to think about anymore.
How does it work?
Each week, send your writing to me via Pages, Word, or Google doc. If you met your word count for that week and “turned it in” on time, you will get a star.
Enroll in class! I will send you a survey asking what you want your word count goal to be, when you want your deadlines to be--and lots of fun questions about your favorite things so I can tailor your package to your preferences.
Once you get four stars, I send you a Hip Hip Hooray package full of fun rewards for all your hard work. But even better than that, you start making REAL progress on your manuscript.
To make Writing Homework as affordable as possible, I've created two package prices for you.
The Silver Star Package: $5/week (paid monthly). Your Hip Hip Hooray package will include a minimum of $10 worth of goodies (examples: candy, bookmarks, fun pens or pencils, notepads, postcards, etc...)
The Gold Star Package: $10/week (paid monthly). Your package will include a minimum of $20 worth of goodies (examples: tea, bookish prints to hang on your wall, a book, notebooks, etc...).
**Each package will be tailored to your interests and preferences based on the survey you complete when you enroll.
If you wrote 1500 words every week (that's just over 200 a day) you would have a completed draft of 78,000 (which is right in the range for the average novel) by the end of the year.
A new writing habit. Lots of goodies. And a finished manuscript in one year.What are you waiting for?!
Do I have to commit to one year? No, you pay monthly, so you are only committed for four weeks at a time. You can skip months as need or only sign up when you're really struggling to write. It's completely flexible based on your needs.
Why doesn't the dollar amount of goodies in my package match the dollar amount I pay? Where does that extra money go?Simple: Most of it goes to shipping, the rest is a small processing fee (for purchasing items, packaging, and shipping your package). Also, keep in mind that my goal is to maximize the value of your package, so these are minimum values only.
What happens if I turn my work in late? You don't get a star for that week (sad face). But you can keep working toward getting that star next week! Once you collect four stars, I send your package! However, I encourage you to submit your work anyway, to keep yourself in the habit (and prevent you from sliding one week's work into next week's work).
What if I don't like what I get in my package? Part of what's so fun about these packages is the surprise factor--you never know what you are going to get! However just to make sure you LOVE your package, you will fill out a survey when you start that details interests, preferences, fave colors, and favorite authors. Ink & Grace tailors your package using these preferences in the hope of thrilling you when you open your package!
If I don't turn my work in by the due date do I get my money back for that week? Or can I apply that money to another week? Since the goal of writing homework is to provide you with extra incentive to write, you won't get a refund for a week where you missed your deadline. This means you have three reasons to write: 1. You want your package as soon as possible because it's going to be wonderful. 2. You don't want to lose your money. That's no fun. 3. You really do have a story you are dying to write. That's why you're here in the first place.
What if I have a crummy week or my dog eats my homework? Sorry, no lame-o excuses here. Time to woman up and own your due dates. (But seriously, if you have a family emergency or unexpected illness just let me know and I will work it out for you.)
What if I change my mind because I remember I hate homework and I don't like getting glorious packages of joy in the mail? Since charges are monthly, you will receive a prorated refund on your monthly charge for the remaining weeks in the four week period.