As a writer, it is very important that you have a group of people, or a good friend that you can be accountable to. I have a wonderful friend who encourages me when I want to give up. She is also my sounding board when I am frustrated. She deserves to be paid, for putting up with me and I'm lucky to have her in my life. She also prays for me and I can feel her prayers (especially when inspiration takes over!).
If I need to meet a deadline, all she has to say is, "How is the writing going?" and if I hem and haw, she knows I'm having problems. That's when she becomes someone I can bounce my ideas off of, to see if they are plausible. She is also not afraid to critique my writing. Not criticize - but critique. There is a difference. One is helpful and encouraging, the other is discouraging and serves no purpose.
A good accountability partner will:
- Encourage you
- Pray for you
- Listen to you
- Be aware of your deadlines and gently remind you when they are due
- Make sure that you get out of the house (writers are notorious loners, so it's good to step away from your computer once in a while and have some fun!)
- Basically, she/he will be a wonderful friend that you will have for life
A good writer will:
- Encourage their accountability partner (aka - best friend!)
- Pray for them
- Listen to them
- Be aware of what is going on in their lives and offer support when needed
- Take them out for coffee
- And above all enjoy their friendship!
So how about you? Do you have someone who gets you through that next chapter?
Until Next Time!