The value of being accountable
This month I completed another 50,000 word challenge. This one was run under the auspices of the Romance Writers of Australia. I used the month to do a first draft of the 6th book in the Upper Crust Series.
I finished a little ahead of schedule with story all written (obviously with holes to plug and rewriting to do).
These sorts of challenges work well for me - not because I'm a super fast writer, not because I'm super organised but because I like being held accountable.
I'm a pretty reliable human being (tediously so). I'm punctual, I don't forget stuff, I never stand people up and I meet deadlines (pretty much all the time). I'm also a shocking procrastinator, SHOCKING! What I can postpone of put off astounds even me.
I let myself down on a daily basis but I don't let other people down. So if I tell you I'm going to sign up and do something with you, you can be reasonably certain I'll do it. It could be that being a tragic people-pleaser comes in handy for something.
For me being part of a group and meeting deadlines is easier than doing it alone. So CampNaNoWriMo, which happens again in July, NaNoWriMo and this 50k challenge are great motivators for me. Setting up the #1000wordsaday group on Facebook has also kept me writing this year. I feel I must show up and so I do.
I know this doesn't work for everyone. Some people find these things have the opposite affect on them. It's a matter of finding what motivates you and what destroys your creativity. But if like me, you won't quit in front of a crowd or let the team down (even if that's metaphorical) you may find these challenges motivate you.
In other news I am currently on a blog tour for my novel Any Way You Dream It.
Stop by and see the reviews for the novel and you could also win an Amazon Gift Card for your trouble.
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July 6 - Living Life With Joy – Review & Q&A