Ashley Franklin

Write? Get an accountability partner.

As writers, many of us want the same things. We want to get published. We want that feeling of knowing we have completed something that many others dream of. While on our writing journeys, many of us also want critique partners. (I too have to round some new ones up from time to time.) But, I think an accountability partner is an overlooked gem of an idea.
My accountability partner and I keep in touch weekly. We email each other our goals for the week and do a follow-up once the week is done to see how things went. It’s pretty much a “Way to go, you!” or a “Hey, life happens. Try again next week.” type of thing.
Does this seem overly basic? It’s not. With critique groups, seminars, webinars, conferences, contests, and oodles of other obligations we take on as writers, it’s nice to have someone you can go to that simply encourages you to tackle all of your obligations like a boss. 
If nothing else, you don’t want to look like a chump in front of someone else, so that also increases the chance that you’ll be more productive than usual.
Go on and get some accountability. You might like it.

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