Writer-Talk Tuesday: Writing with Accountability
Back at the beginning of May, I posted this about my summer writing goals:
So here’s my summer writing goal, and I need some accountability partners to help me stick to it.
My goal for An Honest Heart, Book 2 of the Great Exhibition Series, which is due October 15, is to begin writing it on June 1, write at least 1,000 words every single day and have the first draft finished by August 31. That, then, will give me until the due date to work on revisions/edits/rewrites. And to possibly even turn it in a little early.
Because of the time spent on revision to Follow the Heart and the need to take a break after getting that turned in, I haven’t yet started writing the second book in the Great Exhibition series, An Honest Heart.
- Also, last night when I went over to Storytoolz.com to set up a new wordcount tracker for AHH, I realized I’d never gone back and put in my final wordcount for FTH—which clocked in at 92,718 words when I finished the revised draft. That makes it my second shortest novel—coming in about 200 words longer than Stand-In Groom, which sits at just over 92,500 words.
This afternoon, I’ll be meeting up for what I hope will be come a weekly writing “date” with my friend Liz, who is published by Love Inspired Suspense and is working on a trade-length contemporary romance she’s had a couple of requests for from big Christian publishing houses. We’ll meet at Panera after work with our laptops and our ideas and spend at least one solid hour blitzing our stories to see how many words we can write during that time (a.k.a. 1k1hr). It’s a way of supporting each other, but also a way of being accountable to someone else to stay on track to meet our deadlines.
So, pray for me as I start this book and try my best to be diligent and disciplined and write on it every day. I’d still like to get in at least 1,000 words a day if I can. And I’d love for you all to watch that progress meter and get on me when it doesn’t move for more than one or two days. Don’t let me do that “wait till the last month” thing again!
What are you working on, and what kind of accountability do you have in place to make sure you meet your goal(s)?
And just as a reminder for you and for me, here’s the template for Dr. Neal Stradbroke, the hero of An Honest Heart: