The micracle of accountability

The micracle of accountability

Yesterday I was at lunch and, as usual on Friday, I was wondering about my next blog post.

Lunch and writing blog post
Lunch and writing blog post

Let’s face the truth, I’m not consistent at blogging. I try very hard to plan in advance, to decide what to write, to establish branches and folow them but in the end I often feel like I have nothing interesting or useful to say and it’s quite discouraging.

This is not self-pity. It’s a fact. Sometimes I manage to overcame it. Other times I don’t. I’m working on it so that the times I can overcame my feeling of pointlessness become more and more frequent.

I think I’m on a good way.

Since he beginning of May I acquired a new attitude – or better I refreshed an old attitude that tends to become stale – and I stared an accountability habit. Every day I post about my progress – or their absence – on a writer’s facebook group and read about other’s successes and struggles. Those amazing writers are all Tribe Writers (learn more here – by the way I’m not paid for advertise Tribe Writers, I simply believe in it).

You can’t imagine – or maybe you can – how encouraging and inspiring it is.

First of all, knowing that there are people who expect me to write a little every day is a big push. I don’t want to disappoint them or give the impression of being one of those people who wants to be a writer and never writes a word. Then reading about how much they write, what kind of issues they face along the way and how they solve them it’s a great comfort. It’s a good reminder that I’m not alone on this boat. Whatever your problem is, there’s probably someone who already faced it or who have an idea about how to solve it.

Moreover having a place – no matter how virtual – where I can share hopes and fears with the certainty of being understood is a huge advantage. I would like to believe that every and each writer’s community is wonderful as Tribe Writer is, but I’m afraid that I’ve been incredibly lucky. It’s a group where I never witnessed an ounce of envy. If there’s some is very well kept in control. And this is great. Because of course it’s incredible to watch other writers succeed after watching them struggle, but it’s even more inspiring watching other writers truly rejoice about it.

Being part of such an amazing group gives me momentum and inspiration enough to write even if I have nothing to say.

I am sad that I never found such a supportive and friendly community among Italian writers and aspiring writers. Or maybe it’s out there and I haven’t found it yet. Maybe I should just try to create one…

In the mean time… do you have a community, a group, a milieu you can count on? Tell us about it in the comments!

10 Replies to “The micracle of accountability”

  1. Irene, your daily accountability posts inspire me. (Even though I’ve written almost nothing this week, but I’m okay with having a “down” week every once in a while.) Our little group has encouraged and inspired me. I don’t think I would have ever written the novel had it not been for you guys. Keep up the good work!

  2. Irene, I too have been inspired by your accountability check. The on-line writing group has really been great for mr too. It’s nice to know others struggle like we do, and even better to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

    1. As I said to Joan I’m glad to be useful 🙂 I think that the online community is the best part of Tribe Writers. I didn’t finish the course (shame on me) but the groups have been a great, huge, immeasurable help!

  3. I started out to write every day, but it quickly became a burden. I try to write about 3/4 of a page with one idea. I am down to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or at least 3 times per week. Sometimes I don’t make the every other day. My consistency fails when I don’t post at a certain time, that can be frustrating for the readers .

    1. Not everyone has the same rythm or pace at writing. I write something every day but I manage to publish a blog post only twice or three times per month. Unfortunately the only way to find out what works for you is trying and, if it doesn’t work, try again with something new.

  4. You are doing amazingly with your accountability. I am the same, having no one to connect with locally, Where I live I have not found anyone as helpful or as encouraging as the tribe. So happy to be a part of it. You inspire me daily to keep going each time you post a win Irene.

    1. I would like to create a writing group on facebbok or on another platform to connect with Italian writers, but I don’t really know where to begin…

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