Before I explain the not-writing jar, as I promised I would in last night's post, I have some administrative details to get out of the way.
First: to the individuals googling whether "let it be" is bad grammar or not, and who stumbled across my blog without getting an answer, it's perfectly correct, and I don't know why it wouldn't be. It's only incorrect if you use "it" to denote a "her," "him," or "them."
Second: I'm looking forward to my post on Tuesday, February 28th, and I'm not telling you why. You'll just have to wait and find out. I think you'll like it.
Third: if you've been thinking about reading Mira Grant's Feed, this is a good month to do it, because then you can join the readalong. I know I already posted about it, but I wanted to make sure you know that you're welcome to join in, whether you have your own blog or not.
It was my husband's inspiration. He brought it to the first SWAG write-in (SWAG being our writing group). If people needed an incentive to be writing rather than browsing the free wifi or chatting with all the other writers, the not-writing jar was there to ask for pocket change if you strayed. It's on the honor system; only you know if you're writing when you're supposed to be, or if you've failed. It's there as a way of reminding us that, while write-ins are a good way of making writing a social activity, we're still there to be productive.
And, up until last night's write-in, it was not mandatory. For this month, it is, because we're all trying to succeed at our SWANoWriMo goals.
I can't speak for the rest of the giggly crew, but it helped me. I may have taken some time to type up last night's blog post, and I lost my focus a few times, but I still added over 2300 words to my novel during the write-in. The jar took in $16.83 from six writers, and I personally contributed $3.00.
We don't have the money earmarked for anything, but I'm sure we can figure out something fun.