Accountability Partners

In Good Girls Don’t Get Fat (#GGDGF), Robyn Silverman talks about the importance of having an “accountability partner” (AP) — not just a cheerleader who says “you’re great,”  but someone who will check in with you, keep you on task and allow you to “stay true to the dreams, plans and healthy risks” that you’ve laid out for yourself.

With no deadline hanging over me, or agent supporting me, readers of this blog know I’m concerned about Novel #2, what I affectionately call my not-yet-named thriller that I will begin writing in September as I await word on Baby Grand. I’m not so much concerned about the actual completion of the novel, but that it’s finished in a timely manner, certainly before I qualify for AARP membership.  I was ready to go it alone, until I touched base with a friend and former colleague who, it turns out, has plans of finishing her own novel by June 2011.

Well, who could let a coincidence like that go by? We’ve agreed to be one another’s AP. And I couldn’t be happier or more excited to get started.

Are you struggling to complete a novel or any other large project, writing or otherwise? An AP might help keep you on track. As my mother-in-law likes to say, “Think about it.” (Although when she says it, it’s more like “Think about it… ” with major, condescending emphasis on the “think,” hands on the hips and that dramatic pause that I let linger to make it look as if I’m actually thinking.)


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