One of the things I struggle with the most as a writer is accountability. Sure, I have goals, and I try to be organized about them, but ultimately I only have to answer to myself, and it’s easy to skive off work early when you’re your own boss. It’s even easier to tell yourself, “A novel? What novel? I never said anything about writing a novel.”
(This way, if your first or second or even third attempt doesn’t get published it doesn’t matter. Because you never told anyone about it in the first place, so there’s no one to answer to.)
(I’m not at that point yet, by the way. I’m just saying. Hypothetically.)
Talking things over with PIC has been helpful. He even took me to dinner at a very fancy, very expensive restaurant in Old City (Amada) to celebrate the fact that I finally finished the edits to my first draft and actually sent the manuscript to my agent.
Here are some photos for you to drool over.
But nothing compares to talking writing with, you know, other writers. Boyfriends can be supportive but it’s your girlfriends who can really help you kick it into high gear.
So I invited all of my fellow writer friends to join what I have come to call The Pancake Club. Basically because I really like pancakes.
(Seriously. Some people want cigarettes after great sex, I just want pancakes.)
The premise is this: we get together once a month, we actually tell one another what we’re writing, we write for a bit, we eat pancakes and we hold each other accountable.
When I told PIC of my brilliant idea, he gave me a strange, somewhat anxious look, a look that said, “I’m not going to tell you what to do but are you sure about this?”
“It will be great,” I assured him.
“Just be careful.”
Turns out we’d had a slight miscommunication regarding pancake club membership. He thought I’d invited a bunch of random writers from the internet to come to my house, when in fact I’d only invited writers I actually know.
(“I’m crazy,” I told him. “But not that crazy!”)
And so, to all of my fellow bloggers/writers/content creators, how do you hold yourselves accountable? What are some of your more successful strategies?