The writing elf

If only writers had their own version of the Elf on the Shelf. For those who aren’t familiar with the Elf on the Shelf, it is an elf sent from the North Pole to watch over the kids during the holiday season. Each night the elf flies back to the North Pole to report on the child’s daily behavior and then returns to the home, hiding in a different place everyday.

Our Elf on the Shelf’s name is Ba and our daughter is quick to look at him whenever she misbehaves. As a writer, no one watches me to make sure I write. Some days the distractions are great and temptation wins. However difficult it is working at home the rewards are great and such rewards are my “elf.”

I keep writing by setting goals and giving myself rewards. It’s little things like promising myself a new book to read or extra TV time that keeps me chugging along. What is your “elf?” What do you do to reward yourself and beat temptation?

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