Accountability: What Every Writer Needs, Otherwise Known as a Good Kick in the Pants

Accountability…Unless you are a writer under contract for a book needing revisions, there really is little accountability for the writer who is still at the beginning of her writing career.  While I have a picture book under contract and submitted all necessary revisions, I don’t have any current book deadlines looming.  I don’t want to be a one book author.  I have other stories to tell.

 

I have a young adult novel, completed, sitting in a drawer after getting nowhere with publishers or agents, though I beat out 4000 people in last year’s Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Competition to make the top 1000.  It needs major rewrites, which is quite daunting considering the novel is 65,000 words (roughly 250 pages).

 

I started a middle grade novel over a year ago.  It is literally in the last chapter of the rough draft, and I daily think, “Today’s the day I will finish the rough draft.”  And every night I say, as did my favorite literary character Scarlett O’Hara, “Tomorrow is another day.”

 

Time marches on.  It’s amazing how I find time to blog, time to check facebook, time to twitter, time to do laundry (sometimes), time to make dinner, time to be with my family… You get the picture.  So, why don’t I just finish the last chapter?  Because of accountability.  I have none.  That, and I am afraid.  Afraid that I will finish the novel and the rewrites that follow, that I will send queries to agents and publishers, who will, in turn, send me curt rejection notices that say, “This is not for me.  Please don’t take this to be a reflection of your work, but…”  Blah, blah, blah.

 

And just like my young adult novel, this new middle grade novel will be destined to use up office drawer space, buried away for no one to ever read.  Yes, I know, if you never try, you’ll never succeed.  Right?  After all it took 99 rejections before my picture book was offered a contract. So, tomorrow is another day.  And tomorrow I will finish this novel.  Well, maybe by the weekend.  And now you all know, so please hold me accountable.  Ask me about it.  Make me squirm with embarrassment if I don’t finish.  Be parental.  You have my permission. Thank you.

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10 thoughts on “Accountability: What Every Writer Needs, Otherwise Known as a Good Kick in the Pants

  1. Marcy! You are an amazing blog writer too! I love this one, especially with the “tomorrow is another day” quotes and mottos that shows us who this author, Marcy Blesy is! And I love your honesty and the peek into your world, and also grateful that our two worlds collided making us friends as we live out our mom journeys together! Have I told you that my “tomorrow is another day” plays itself out in laundry too!

  2. I think if we were all truly honest, we all have things, projects, bucket lists, phone calls to people we haven’t talked to in a while and the list goes on of stuff that demand accountability. I think it’s fair to challenge each other (and one another) in what we have that requires a deadline, a check mark off the list, or a finished product. But then again, tomorrow is another day…I’ll ask you about it tomorrow!

  3. Good luck on finishing that last part of the novel! Have you tried setting a goal of working on it for at least one hour a day? That way, even if you don’t finish, you’ll have specific goals for making progress. 🙂

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