At the beginning of January, I wrote a post about how I kept procrastinating starting the sequel to Being Human. In the comments, I had someone talk about how when she was younger in her bible group they had Bible sponsors and it was their job to encourage everyone to read the Bible every day. She said something like that for writing was something she'd like to do. I told her she may be on to something. A few days later, Gwen emailed me saying she was serious and wanted to know if I was.
Thus the start of the Are You Writing Now? Accountability Group. We hashed through the details, asked friends for group name ideas. I came up with Are You Writing Now? Was thinking about that cell phone commercial, Can you hear me now? Anyways, the goal of the group is simple: hold each other accountable.
At the end of the month post your writing goals for the next month. Everyone visits each others links and posts some encouragement. Also, the post can be about goals you've met. Celebrate achieved goals!
You buddy up with two or three people and exchange twitter and/or facebook accounts and throughout the month, you tweet and post encouragement, or ask your buddies for encouragement during rough patches (like writer's block.) We figured two or three buddies would be better than one. That way, the hope is if someone doesn't participate for whatever reasons, you're not stuck with a silent buddy.
Use the hashtag #aywn on Twitter.. That way we can easily search out tweets for the group. Mine and Gwen's names are @GwenTolios and @patricialynne07.
Genre or writing skill doesn't matter. Anyone can join. YA writers can encourage Romance writers, Sci-fi writers can cheer on history writers, new writer can cheer on seasoned writer. The only requirement is to cheer each other on.
To show your support, Gwen made a badge that you can display on your blog or website. Sign up and post whenever you feel like it. We're open to any suggestions you have to make the group run smoothly.