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This weekend I taught, “How to Write a Novel in 30 Days,” at the Homosassa, Florida Library. I also got to sit in on a meeting with the local RWA chapter. (Romance Writers of America) This local organization (Sunshine State Romance Writers) is huge and the group accepts authors/writers who write in all different genre’s–not just romance. I had a great time meeting other authors and writers and learning a few new tips and ticks.
BUTT GLUE was a new tip and trick for me. I hadn’t heard of it before. Maybe you have.
Here’s what it’s NOT:
It is NOT the tape that makes your bottom look tighter under smooth fitting slacks, jeans, and bathing suits. Yes, this really does exist. If you don’t believe me, here’s a link that shows you how to apply and remove butt glue.
Here’s what is IS:
It’s a metaphor. It’s GLUE that helps writers stay in their chair longer, hopefully to write.
Here’s how it works:
Each month a different member of the group is chosen to take the Elmer’s Glue home with them. But first, that writer shares how many words he or she hopes to write that month. At the next meeting, the member with the glue bottle has to share if she reached her goal. Then she moves the bottle to someone new for the next month.
Here’s why it helps:
The butt glue makes a person accountable. It’s proven that more people are successful if they have someone to “report” to. Even in AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or Weight Watchers people are successful because they have to be accountable to someone besides themselves. When put on the spot, it’s much more fun to report success than it is to admit failure.
However, the good thing about being a part of a writer’s group is that no one ever puts you in jail if you don’t succeed.
What helps you keep your butt in the chair?