Third in the 1K a Day Motivational Series, in which I talk about something that happened in the previous week that could have or did prevent me from writing a minimum of 1,000 words on a given day, or possibly talk about something that provided support to get me through the day.
This week I’m going to talk about my writing friends, Robert and Kyra. You see, I’m not on my journey alone. The two of them are fellow writers, aspiring authors with the same need to tell stories. They are my hype crew, my cheerleaders, my co-conspirators. And I am all of those things to them!
We have a shared spreadsheet on Google Docs where we not only update our individual progress but get to see and even talk a little about each other’s progress and offer advice and support when necessary. There are days when I could just as easily say “Forget it, bring on the video games!” but seeing the two of them updating their word counts and talking about what they’re doing is a kick in the pants for me, and I hope I provide the same for them.
My success spurs them on, just as theirs spurs me on. Our failures keep us honest, our success drives us on.
Now, they are not engaged in the thousand words a day as I am. Our individual goals are different, but our collective goal is to be productive and we provide that support for each other so that we’re always working.
Kyra, Robert. I couldn’t do this without you two, and the additional support of other writing friends and family who want to see me succeed and grow as an author. So thank you for joining me in my journey and I hope it’s as useful to you as it has been so far to me!
Now to the rest of you, seeking daily word counts or daily productivity and finding it hard to carve out that time:
Find yourself a writer’s group. If you can’t find one in real life, find one online. If you can’t find one online, start your own! Make postings in your city’s subreddit or on Craigslist or at local colleges that you’d like to start a writer’s group, talk to local coffee shops or bookstores or libraries and find a place you can have weekly meetings.
Make it happen for yourself and others! Writing is a solo venture for so many people, and with good reason. But two people on the same journey might find they travel well together, that they complement one another.
Either way, and this is perhaps the most important aspect of the entire post, MAKE YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOUR GOALS. Failure and giving up are easiest in a vacuum.
Smash that vacuum with the biggest damned pen you can find and write the hell on, writers.