Earlier this month we started up the first batch of Write All Year accountability groups. The idea behind these were that we would add people into smallish groups in order to help one another stay on track for your goals. Writing can be a very solitary experience, and it never hurts to have someone you need to check in with, someone you have to confess not getting any writing done to, rather than just sweeping another no writing day under the rug. And then another. And another. By having an accountability group, you would have someone who will both notice and care when you achieve your goals, and when you don’t, and then you can same for them. Hurray! Sort of.
The reality has been a little harder than expected to get underway, as it’s not always easy to get things moving with a group of strangers, especially as so many writers tend to be more introverted than not. So, hopefully this post is coming at the right time to revitalize your group and help you end January on the right foot before jumping into the rest of the group.
What to do with an Accountability Group…
– Pick a name for yourselves. Unless you want to be forever know as Accountability Group __, work as a team to pick a new name for yourselves, something that will inspire you to aim high all year round, and then tag @Kellie to let me know what you want your new name to be
– While you’re at it, find a new image to represent your group and I can change your standard image for you
– Introduce yourself and your goals. Get to know your group and let them know who you are and what the big goals that you’ll be working toward will be
– Make a battle plan! Decide how invovled you all want to be in one another’s process, and how you’re going to communicate. You don’t have to only talk via WAY so if emails, Google+, or any other method makes more sense for your group, go for it!
– Decide how often you want to check in on your goals. Do you want to do monthly check ins to let your group know how things are going? Or maybe you want to really step it up and do weekly? Or maybe there is nothing more important to you this year than finishing these goals, and you want to post to your group every day with an update. Even if not every member has the same schedule, you can start making a habit of regular and frequent check ins, and use that to form a new, more productive routine.
– Chat! It doesn’t have to be all goals all the time. You’ve been put in a group with people you probably didn’t know before, who are as enthusiastic about writing as you are. Bounce ideas off your group, discuss favorite books, discuss anything you’re comfortable with. Writing friends are awesome, and you never know when these connections are going to come in handy!
If you haven’t signed up for an accountability group yet, you can do so here to be assigned to a group at the beginning of February.