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Stop talking, start writing

stop talking start writingIn case you missed it, I announced on Facebook and Twitter last week that I’m starting a new manuscript on Wednesday, 1 June. As far as I’m concerned, one of the greatest secrets to actually getting a book written is accountability.

Tell people you’re doing it and you feel obliged to get it done.

I’ve done this a few times and several members of my online community have ‘played along’, using the #writeabookwithal hashtag to join in. There are no daily word counts, there’s no deadline, and it’s all very informal, which is how I like it.

I’m just going to write my manuscript, post daily word counts (the good, the bad and the downright ugly) and, hopefully, motivate a few people to write a few words with me and share their progress.

If you’ve been talking about writing a book … forever, maybe you’d like to join me? It’s a great way to share the journey with a whole bunch of supportive people who will cheer you on when you have a good day and commiserate when life does its thing and gets in the way.

Most of the action happens on my Facebook page, so join us over there if you’d like to give it a crack.

Remember, every word you write is a word you don’t have today. And words add up.

5 Comments

  • HI Alison

    Great post. I am like you. I need to tell others so that I keep myself on track. And I like to do word counts . I have been working on my novel since end of February – it started life last year as a memoir but for a range of reasons it has become a novel. I have been workshopping the first 15,000 words through a Faber UK on line class which has been marvellous and I am taking my work in progress to the AWC write your novel 6 month course which starts next Monday. As such I will be working in this group to finishing my novel , otherwise I would join you readily on your writing journey via Facebook. I am conscious of giving myself too many points of focus at the moment with this novel. But I am tempted.

  • Hi Allison, I am interested in following and watching the accountability. I am writing a novel called “Two Poofs and a Poodle”. Actually it is being written by you 14 year old poodle; I’m just the scribe. We are up to 60,000 words and are trying to finish off. I will be interested in your progress and will report in mine.
    Regards, Steve.

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