Monday, Feb 09, 2009

Accountability Partners

Dear Power Writer, 

It is a known fact that working toward a goal with the support of another dramatically increases one’s chances of reaching the goal. This is the reason that people often exercise in pairs, study in pairs, and pray in pairs. In such arrangements, each person of the pair holds the other person accountable for reaching the goal. 

This concept of an accountability partner is especially effective in reaching a writing goal. As most of you know, I have been writing my first novel. During the writing process, I have had an accountability partner who checks in on me regularly to make sure I have been writing. 

At the end of my writing day, I send her a word count of what I have accomplished that day. Usually, I am able to tell her that I achieved my word count goal for the day. Sometimes, I have to tell her that I fell far short. There have also been a few times where I have had to report that my progress was downright dismal for that day. 

My accountability partner is kind but tough. When I make steady progress, she praises me. But when she thinks I’m slipping, she gives me a kick in the pants. Because we are accountability partners, I do the same for her. 

If you are having difficulty remaining consistent in your writing, consider finding an accountability partner. As Scripture says, “Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NJKV). 

If you want a good reward for your writing labor, get yourself an accountability partner. 🙂




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