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How to write more: Blackmail yourself?

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Perhaps, like many of us, you’re the kind of person who won’t do anything without a (proverbial) gun to your head. But it’s hard to type while holding a gun to your own head, no? Leave it to technology to solve this problem: enter Aherk!, which describes itself as a free “goal-oriented self-blackmailing service.”

Now in beta testing, Aherk! has three basic steps:

  1. Define a goal. Tell us what it is that you want to achieve and set a deadline.
  2. Put your ass on the line. Upload a compromising picture that will be posted to Facebook in case you fail to achieve your goal.
  3. Your friends decide. After your deadline expires, your Facebook friends will vote and tell us if you achieved your goal or not.

Okay, I can see a few problems with this—for starters, your friends might vote you down just to get their hands on those incriminating photos! But if you’ve got honest friends, perhaps Aherk! can help you finish that novel draft.

Anyone out there willing to give it a try? I would, but there are no compromising photos of me. (Ahem…)

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