Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Accountability is Good

Mindy here. Yesterday, Lindi mentioned Christy's challenge. And while I've failed to check in with her like I should (sorry, Twinkie), I have been writing. See, I'm also participating in ACFW's Novel Track. Every day I have to log how many words I wrote. And there's nothing worse than having to put a big ol' goose egg in the box.

This is the first time I've ponied-up for something like this, and I kind of like it, in a weird, yippee-skippee-I-get-to-go-to-the-dentist kind of way. It keeps me accountable. I know I'm going to have to log in my word count, so it's always on my mind. Now, I've set a reasonable goal for myself. One I could easily knock out in an hour or less, depending on whether or not my internal editor is on call. I can't stand that woman. She's so picky :-)

Do you have a method for accountability? Do you find it helps or hinders?

Before I close, I want to share a verse with you. Writers often refer to Hebrews 12:2 "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith..." But the other day, the verse right before it jumped out at me, and I think it's a good reminder for anyone, but especially writers. Hebrews 12:1 "...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

Gang, we have a race marked out for us. So let's run.

Happy Tuesday.


  1. One of my favorite verses. Thanks for a great post, Mindy!!

  2. Accountability is the thing that works for me. How funny that I signed up to do the Novel Track this month but because of the marketing side of being an author, I haven't been able to participate. But that accountability thing is still at work. I have short articles due all through out this month. I'm getting little reminder notes. They are really helpful in prioritizing which article, which blog post, which next item on the list must be done.

    The only way I can do the things I want to achieve is by setting up an accountability system and then allowing others to check me on it. Wonderfully effective :-)

  3. Aw, I'm inspired! Thank you for sharing the Hebrews 12:1 scripture.

    You know, I've tried NaNoWriMo, never tried Novel Track. I can't be successful at those things.

    I am finding if I blog about my progress and I have people to keep me accountable by bringing forth where they are, it helps me work and reach my goals.

    And you need to pop over to my blog just to share where you are and if your goals are being met!

  4. There's nothing like having to announce to the world how many words you've written or NOT written each day. :) I'm glad you're trying Novel Track, Mindy!

    Deadlines work well for me. They're on the calendar, reminding me each day that I have to get my words done or I'll be behind. Behind is not a good feeling when you've signed your name to a contract! :)

    Thanks for sharing the verses! Excellent!

  5. Edwina and Eva, I hope that verse spoke to you like to spoke to me.

  6. Angie, were you using Novel Track for your fiction or non-fiction?

  7. Christy, NaNoWriMo has always sounded like torture to me, because it involved writing an entire story. For Novel Track they ask that your minimum goal be 10,000 words. If you break that down, it's only a little over 300 words a day. That's just a little over a page. Not even an entire scene. In other words, manageable.

  8. Missy, I can certainly imagine deadlines lighting a fire. Money can be a great motivator.