A lot of people count words as a way of measuring their writing progress. Although there are stages of the writing process where this is helpful, there are also points in the process where counting words could actually be damaging. What you measure affects your process If you measure the number of … [Read more...] about The dangers of counting words
You want to write more. You want to finish and submit more of your writing. You may think that the only way to do that is to do one or more of the following: set concrete (product-oriented) goals give yourself deadlines for achieving those goals make yourself accountable to someone … [Read more...] about Thoughts on accountability, deadlines, goals and so on.
My goal for this blog is that it becomes a library of useful things, so I'm sharing this conversation to this library. My goal for this conversation about accountability and related issues is to help you think about what supports your writing and how you can develop a writing practice that works … [Read more...] about More on accountability: Rachael Cayley, productivity, ethics, and hard work
"You don't need accountability" generated some interesting conversation. I want to say "on Twitter" but this isn't really a conversation you can have in 140 characters. A couple of people I engage with on Twitter, who also write about writing and how to do it, have either written or shared related … [Read more...] about more on accountability: Pat Thomson, targets, and writing practice
A hadn't been publishing. He wrote regularly despite a full teaching load. But he wasn't getting things finished. And he wasn't submitting them. Writing was an intellectually satisfying process for A. In thinking about why he didn't finish he realized that he wasn't motivated by the product -- an … [Read more...] about How I help with writing