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.