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The next phase of the Writer’s Project Planning Phase is to set up one or more forms of accountability. A co-worker and I were talking about this very thing today.

We were talking about an individual or group of individuals that will help keeps us honest with our writing efforts (or lack thereof) and encourage us to keep going. When our motivation starts to wane or the quality of our work is apathetic, that is when having someone(s) ask for a new chapter in our book or a new short-story when we meet up, may push a writer to the next level.

Some places to gain accountability:

  • Co-worker – You may have individuals you work with who are active writers or looking to start writing. Making a connection in a different than “work” capacity could be beneficial to both of you.
  • Local writer’s group – Many writer’s groups post at the local Jr. College, local book stores, Writers.Meetup.com or other online listing. Writer’s groups are a great way to get encouraged to show up each week with something newly written.
  • Online critique group – Whether you use Yahoo! Groups, critters.org or similar site where other writer’s congregate, you have an opportunity to connect with others who will ask you, “So what have you written today?”
  • Brag to your friends and family – This next strategy is straight out of “No Plot, No Problem” by Chris Batty. The more people you tell (i.e. Facebook), the greater the pressure on you to deliver on your word.
  • Mentor – Maybe you have a writing mentor: someone who has already done what you want to do and is willing to coach you in writing. Make the most of the golden opportunity and leverage them heavily!!
  • Submit a query to a publisher – If your book / story gets picked up, you now have a deadline to deliver to. But this won’t happen till you start submitting your work.

Exercise: Establish a form of accountability.

Next Post: Writing your outline

Set the timer for 10-minutes and try this writing prompt.

Writing prompt #0013


Write about a time you were encouraged to do something you were losing motivation in.