Day 15 – Accountability

I gotta say, this daily blogging shit is the only reason I slogged through 5 pages in Decayed today. A lot of other stuff has gone down this week, that has taken a huge chunk of time away from my writing business. But I started this thing, and I’m not going to quit because of a few excuses.

And that’s been the great thing about this 365 day journey. Accountability. Knowing that a bunch of people are going to check in and see what I did today keeps me on task. When I got home this evening, the last thing I wanted to do was sit down and write. But I knew I had to get that 1k words in.

I did.

Which got me thinking about accountability in general, particularly as it relates to working from home. When you have a boss, a manager, the attractive co-worker you want to impress, there is someone keeping you on task. Don’t get your work done? Fired. Unless you work for the government.

The point is, you have accountability at a day job.

When you work from home as a writer, you don’t. If you kick back for a week, no one checks your progress. There isn’t a deadline when you’re self-published either. You, more often than not, lack outside accountability.

Speaking for myself, that has proved a big barrier. I know I’m not the only one, because a lot of the full-time authors I know have told me that their word counts didn’t improve when they quit their day jobs. I was super motivated when I first started this journey, but things waned over time.

This blog is tending the fire, getting the flames burning hotter again.

If you’re struggling to make progress, maybe you should think of a way to add accountability into your life. Whether that’s writing, losing weight, whatever. Getting external eyes on your project of choice might be a good way to get your ass moving.

For the writers out there… feel free to post your word counts in the comments each day. I’ll hold you accountable. Together, we’ll crank some books out.

Beyond this blog, I’ve kicked around other ideas for increasing productivity. I’ve thought about getting an office away from the house. Just might do it. Dunno yet. But that’s a post for another day.

Anyone have any surefire accountability hacks? Send them my way. I need them.

Today, I stumbled through 1096 words (5 pages) in Decayed (The Hunger #5), bringing the total to 78205 (over 300 pages).

See ya tomorrow.