One of the things that I put on my 22 in 2022 list was to find a writing accountability partner. This is somebody preferably another writer who will help keep you accountable for your writing goals. As well as supporting and encouraging you with your writing. Ideally, this is a mutually beneficial arrangement where you also give the same support encouragement and accountability for your writing buddy.
Little did I know, however, that my writing accountability partner would come to me in the form of a year 7 lad. It started when he realised I was writing a novel and he has since asked me a few times how it’s going. When I told him today that I hadn’t written any words for ages, he looked quite disappointed. So much so that we made a deal: I have to write 500 words this weekend and if I don’t I’m not allowed to set the class any homework for two weeks!
In all seriousness, though, it is something I would like to find so that I can have someone to talk to about my writing in a way that isn’t uncomfortable or embarrassing. It’s such a weirdly vulnerable act to write that talking about it with somebody who isn’t in the same position can be quite difficult. It’s so personal and yet even the people closest to you feel too distant from the process. I think Writers’ HQ where I’m a member are starting to do more and more in the way of writing workshops and writing buddies, so hopefully I’ll find who I’m looking for. In the meantime, my Year 7 lad will have to do! I better get writing!