Posted on 05/06/2020 at 11:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Susan DeFreitas, an award-winning author, editor, and book coach, has shared the sixth installment of a seven-part series on developing a writing practice.

She took inspiration from a book called Stick with It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life—For Good and is adapting it to benefit authors, specifically.

This latest step borrows psychology from some very successful forms of distraction: casinos and smartphones. 

Both industries use what are known as quick fixes — experiences designed to make you feel hopeful, like the sounds of coins flooding a machine or the appealing design of a smartphone app — and trick fixes — treats that come in irregular or unpredictable intervals, such as the occasional payday or meaningful update.

DeFreitas explains how authors can set up their own quick fixes and trick fixes to encourage regular and diligent writing; head to Jane Friedman’s blog to see some examples and suggestions.

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