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How to Use Gamification to Turn Writing Into a Game
Gamification: it is the use of game thinking and game mechanics outside of the context of video games. The idea behind gamification is that if you incorporate the social aspects and the reward aspects of games into business, marketing, or another area of work, you will increase a person’s pleasure in their work as well as their production output.
Gamification does not necessarily mean that you turn work into a game, but that is the general principle. How, then, can you use gaming strategies to turn writing into a fun, fast paced game where you get a lot of work done?
1). Set up a List of Goals
You might have already done this on your own. You of course know what you need to get done in the long run – if you have a project or contract before you with a deadline, you know that you need to complete that project by a certain date. However, applying gamification to your goal setting means that you have to have set daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals instead of a general idea of what you need to get done in the long run.
For example, if you are a freelance writer, you could set daily goals of creating and posting social media marketing blurbs every morning and evening, sitting down and completing one project or writing 3,000 words, and either writing a query letter or a blog post.
You could set weekly goals of writing blog posts every other day, sending out a query letter three times a week, and completing a certain set amount of work for the week.
As a yearly goal you could set an annual income that you want to reach, breaking that down to a monthly goal of how much you need to earn each month. The list can go on and on. However, it must be tailored to your working habits (unless you are trying to change them) and the type of writing you do.
2). Create a System of Rewards for Your Goals