Thursday, April 26, 2012

Accountability Agony!

Here I am! Back from the mountains and ready to go... kind of.

As an unpublished writer fueled by hopes, dreams, and gathering as much knowledge as I can, there are certain mysteries of published writers that leave me in awe. Maybe 'mystery' is a misleading word choice... or not?

Lately my life in general has turned ten times more chaotic than usual. All of our lives are chaotic, oui? But we have all experienced those periods when suddenly it's more of an, er, adventure than others. During these times and with my current epic daily routine, I find it near impossible to write. I try to escape into my writing, but end up being pulled back by real life.

When I consult blog posts dealing with this issue, the advice seems more like a slogan for the armed forces. "DETERMINATION! PRESS FORWARD! PRIORITIES! DEADLINES!"

Okay, maybe not quite like that, but you get the general idea.

I know even though I don't have "official" deadlines, I do need to hold myself accountable. No one is going to write for me, I know. I know. I know. I know!

My question I am putting out is about accountability. What are some tricks to better hold myself accountable to make my weekly writing goals?

-Darcy (of the Drake variety)


  1. Good question, Darcy! Life can get so busy that writing often takes a back seat to other things. I've tried charts and goals, but they don't always work. I believe that people do what they want to do. If we want to write, we'll write. When I'm having trouble writing, I find it's because my story may have gone off course and I need to get it back on track.

    1. That's a good point. If my story hasn't excited me enough to write, then maybe it won't excite a reader either.

  2. I am a firm believer in moderation. This may sound stupid, but set a goal of one page a day when it comes to writing. By setting so low, I always seem to make it and more.

    1. That's true, rather than a higher or lofty goal that may be harder to achieve every day.