Creative Accountability Group

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

I have been part of an online creative accountability group for two months. Each day we post our goals for the day regarding writing, art, and filmmaking endeavors, with each person addressing his or her own type of creativity. At the end of the day, we report how we did. We also share work, offer critique, and cheer each other on. The best part? The group consists only of the members of my immediate family. We know what each other is working on, and it’s a delight to share details in an exclusive group of those we trust. Sure, our critique may sometimes be subjective, but it is the steadiest critique we receive. It can be a strengthening, empowering process to have those closest in our lives, who are also knowledgeable in what we’re doing, to be the first to vet a project before it moves on to other non-biased panels of experts. But mainly, our group effort was born out of a need for more accountability and accomplishment. And it has worked to that end. We have each made more progress in two months than we had previously done.

If you want to start such a group, use whatever medium works for you. We use the Facebook private inbox feature. Although we currently live in the same house, we wanted something that felt “official”, yet we wanted it to be simple enough that we would likely stick with it. Accountability is vital in the creative fields where much of our work is done alone. Look for a person or group wherever you can find one, on or offline, and don’t discount those closest to you. You don’t even have to be working on similar projects to gain the benefit of reporting your progress to another.

Accountability for Writers

As any writer knows, writing is a solitary business, often done at ungodly hours of the day, thus it’s a job for the extremely self-disciplined, yet many of us are lacking in that area. What we need is accountability, in some way, shape, or form. It’s nice to be your own boss, but you must BE a boss over yourself. Your livelihood depends on it! So I’ve come up with an idea I’m going to try, and (bonus!) I’ve come up with a use for Twitter. I’m going to start tweeting my writing-related (writing, editing, business, marketing) goals for the day, then tweet as I accomplish each one, using the hashtags #amwriting and #accountability. Probably no one will read it, but that doesn’t matter. Just having my intentions out there in cyberspace will make me feel more urgent about them. I will do this Mondays through Fridays. I’m stoked about doing this. Does anyone want to be accountable with me?

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