My discipline has been flagging lately because the joys of life (my grand-daughter)have been getting in the way of scheduled writing. I am writing everyday but not as much as I want to or should. I guess you could say that I am off track or fallen of my writing wagon.
So what did I do to ensure I get back on track?
I made myself accountable to a friend who is also a writer and fighting her own writing battles.
She works fulltime and doesn't live nearby. So we have promised to keep tabs on each other. We will talk on the phone on Sunday nights sharing an brief outline of our week's agenda, three tasks we want to complete each day and two others we will tackle if time allows.
Wednesday nights will be our check-in time by email, sharing what we've done (outlines, first drafts, final edits, etc. and eliciting feedback from each other.
This is new to me - having a writing buddy. While I have many writing friends, I've never had a writing buddy.
Have you? How did it feel to be accountable to someone for your daily writing productivity and to have that responsibility to him or her?
I am looking forward to it actually - a like-minded writer to encourage me to get back on track with my writing, to stimulate my idea muscle, to give feedback on projects I am working on and to inspire me to focus on writing rather than my distractions.
This coming week, I'll be pulling up my socks and planting my butt in my chair every day at scheduled times to get back on track with my writing and I won't have to do it all alone.
Have you ever used a writing buddy to help you be more productive with your writing? What was the experience like for you?