- Apr 9, 2016
I've seen a few folk state beliefs or theories to the effect that lack of writerly creativity wouldn't be such a problem if it was like a job and there was the same external pressure you get with a job to get it done. I've been one of them.
Now, I wouldn't want to overegg this theory. But there's summat to it. And I think one part of it is that when we don't do the work, there's not a lot of repercussion. Different for those of us with agents/publishers who might make pointed comments about where the next book is, and for anyone who has managed to make it a day job, but there's not many of those in writer town or this particular neighbourhood. And those who make it through the same swamp as the rest of us where there isn't any. We aren't accountable.
Anyone else feel that way? And if so, how do you make yourself accountable? Or what naturally exists in your life that does make you so?
Personally, I just joined a small group that a poet friend of mine set up with the sole aim of making us accountable to each other. Maybe we'll lend each other more writerly support, maybe we won't, but we'll ask each other why if nothing's happening. Its already given me a boost - probably the best boost I've had since I did NaNoWriMo with people here.