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Do You Use An Accountability Buddy?

An accountability buddy is someone, usually another writer, that you share your progress with. Telling someone that you’re making word count, getting pages edited, or working out the kinks in your story drives you to actually do those things. At least, that’s theory.

At various times in the past I have been involved in writer’s circles. We met face-to-face once a week, read excerpts from our works-in-progress, and gave each other critique. It was wonderful, because I had group of people that trusted one another and knew how to be honest yet kind. That seems to be a rarity these days.

My real accountability buddy at the moment is my bank account. Writing is my day job. If I don’t write, I don’t get paid. Because I enjoy living indoors and having a full belly, I manage to stay motivated. Still, I miss getting together with other writers, having constructive feedback on my WIP, and seeing other peoples’ stories develop.

Do You Use An Accountability Buddy?

Okay reader, what’s your process? You don’t have to be a participant in The Merry Writer game to play along here! Share how you hold yourself accountable in the comments below!


The Merry Writer is a writer’s game on Twitter run by Ari Meghlen (@arimeghlen) and Rachel Poli (@RPoli3). Each day there’s a new question, and each month there’s a new theme. In these posts I expand upon the answers that I’ve posted on my Twitter.

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