To keep myself accountable, I do a variety of things. They all involve tricking myself into remaining productive. I can get lost in Facebook for an hour while I should be writing. I can get stuck in a thorny plot problem for days while I research. For example, my last novella is about an artist. I needed to find out about art gallery exhibitions. It took weeks, WEEKS, to find enough information for me to feel comfortable writing about it.
1. I use the Twitter hashtag #1k1hr to get pseudo-writing buddies. Every hour that I write using that, I have to share my word count with other people. This gives me a sense of competition and having to be accountable for my time. I can't fiddle with "research" and sound productive when my word count is 250 instead of 1,000.
2. That's it. Number 1 is all I do. I need more things, which is why I'm writing this. How do you all remain productive? I know. I need to put everything away and focus. I need tricks and tips to stay focused. Tangible things like #1k1hr. Or maybe I need real writing friends to hold me accountable. To give me a kick when I need it.
I've decided that this blog will double as a writing journal.
Do any of you have writing partners? Where did you find a person you can trust, and one that is on the same level as you as far as writing and publishing?
This feels like when I'd watch my kids making friends in grade school. "Will you be my friend?" That was the opening line! If only it could be that easy now, right?