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Art Hours 201 - 250: Guest Post: Friends as Motivation

In the distant year of 2016 Anne and I started this challenge. The sun would rise and set again. Weeks would roll by. Years would simply pass. We would push the other, hold her hand, and scream when it was needed. We would make this, together! 

Maybe it wasn't this dramatic when we started. When I agreed to join in I thought it would be a great way to keep my friend motivated; to make sure that she wouldn't sit slumped on her desk, dreading life and killing pens. What about my hours? Well, I thought I'd keep track of them and let people know what there is to know about writing. No biggie. At least I'd finally know how long I need for a blog post. 

Then something weird happened ... something that happens not rarely in my life: I became competitive. No, you can't run faster than me. No, this is what I am good at. Of course, you're not taller than me. Don't be silly. Yeah, but I can run in heels! This includes my friends. It is arguable if this makes me into a better or worse person but it's a trait and in a twisted way it keeps me going. 

As Anne's hours started to get more and more, I sat on the sofa, clenching my fists as I calculated that sooner or later she would overtake me. This was unacceptable. I needed to do something. Now!

A moment later I fixed a date on which I had to finish my story. I still have nightmares about correcting the old prompts and knew how much work the new ones would be. This was good in the sense that I would collect many, many hours. Endless hours. So many that I would stay in front. After all it is my rightful place!  

Luckily, it is not only my ego that keeps me on top. Time and again, I have been told that, yes, while Anne may collect hours faster, I produce more content in the same time. This kept me motivated when content was there but hours were going slow. And I discovered a rather surprising 1:2 ration when it comes to writing and editing. When there are dark hours, I have the helping hand of a friend to keep me going. Sometimes I have her soothing voice that tells me it is okay to take a break ... maybe that's clever manipulation?

Anyway, I like to think that I am also motivational. Maybe she also has that kind of ego and wants to get more hours than me. I vividly remember that she asked me to tell her to art. Maybe she did, maybe she didn't. The fact that she is closing in fast counts that she is doing art. A lot of art, and pretty art. 

In the end I'd like to say that I am not sure if I had made it this far without my motivational buddy. (Currently I am counting 314 hours) It can't only be my fragile ego that wants to stay ahead. I would have never done something like this on my own - or I would have quit three months ago.

It is important to have someone by your side who is not only supportive when you need it but also competitive. This way you want to be better and you are going to get better!


I write about everyday life, lifestyle and writing at  In addition I also write for DriveTribe at Bizarre Solutions. I look forward to the day when I become famous enough to use "writer of things" as my Twitter bio. Other hobbies include the occasional sheep doodle, sports and cat petting.

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