Making a Commitment to Writing

Thinking of Spring
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How are your New Year’s resolutions going? Did you decide that you were going to write every day? I hope that you are reaching your goals.

If you’re having a bit of trouble, here’s a link to a great blog by Kristi Holl at Writer’s First Aid: “Putting First Things First by Using Accountability.”

I tried my own 30-day challenge last year and made my commitment to daily writing on my Facebook page and here. That kind of accountability certainly worked for me. A long time ago, a writers’ group I belonged to created their own daily-writing accountability exercise. For one month, as soon as we finished our writing, we sent an email to the others in the group with one word in the subject line “done.” Seeing that simple word “done” in my inbox was a great motivator, and not just for me. I can remember members sending emails just minutes before midnight to make sure that they made their daily deadline. Have you tried anything similar with a writing group or with a fellow writer to keep you motivated and writing?

I hope you find the way that works best for you so that you can meet your 2013 writing goals. If you want to ‘like’ my Facebook page, I will happily join you there for a daily writing challenge, if you need an accountability buddy.

All the best — H.

10 thoughts on “Making a Commitment to Writing

  1. I have a reminder in front of me that says 100% committed. I finally feel this way about my current WIP.It took me awhile to fully get there. I’ve never been accountable to anyone else but I can see that it would be a great motivator. 🙂

    • You’re right. At the end, it’s still up to the writer to make the commitment and to get the work done. On those days when self-doubt can threaten to get the best of your good intentions to write, knowing that someone is expecting you to be successful can sometimes give you the boost you need to keep going.

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