Friday, January 21, 2011

Writing Accountability Partners and What They Can Do For You

What exactly is a writing accountability partner (WAP)?

Someone you can check in with on a regular basis to share your writing goals for a given length of time and they will hold you to things like completing that manuscript you said you’d finish . . . or start.

How do you know if you need one?

If you’re having trouble focusing on writing goals and actually following through, an accountability partner may be a good kick in the pants for you Mr. or Ms. Procrastinator.

What can they do for you?

Your productivity factor will increase because they will challenge you. You WILL get that manuscript done. You’ll send those queries out. You’ll (insert your goals here), (and here), (and here) . . .

How do you find one?

Ask a writing buddy, a family member, or hire a writing coach. To me, finding a writing friend is your best bet. That way, your relationship is a give and take deal and it’s FREE.

I'm a self-motivated kind of gal. But there are days when I slip back into my slacker mode and fail to meet my goals—especially on sunny blue sky days when I want to have long lunches with friends or when it’s raining outside and I want to be curled up with a good book and some nice tea. There are days for that, but I must stay on course and complete my goals in a timely manner so I won’t disappoint myself and face the wrath of my WAP.

I have a new accountability buddy—one of my best and oldest  friends, Sara McAlister. This past Sunday, we emailed each other our writing goals for the next two weeks. After that time is up, we'll check in to see if we've completed them. Then we'll share our goals for the next two weeks and so on.

Do you need to shake your writing up a bit? Maybe teaming up with a writing accountability partner is something you’ll want to do, too. And instead of Mr. or Ms. Procrastinator, you'll be Mr. or Ms. Successful. Now, doesn't that sound better? Goooo, you!