Are you having trouble getting your book written? If so, you might want to find an accountability partner—someone you report to on a regular basis on your progress.
A book coach serves this purpose for a lot of aspiring authors. However, you can also use a fellow writing friend or anyone who will be there on a weekly basis to keep you on task.
When I work with my coaching clients, we check in weekly about their progress on their books. We discuss what they have accomplished since our last session, what they still need to accomplish, and what they want to get done in the next week. Of course, I brainstorm ideas with them, help them get unstuck if they are having trouble, and also read some of their copy for them to make sure they are on track; your accountability partner may not be able to do all of this for you. But they can do the following:
- Keep a record of what you said you would do from one meeting to the next.
- Ask you to report in on what you have accomplished.
- Ask you to say why you have not met your goals.
- Ask you to set new goals each meeting
- Listen to you talk through your problems
- Offer feedback or just be a sounding board
Just having someone there each week to whom you must be accountable can make a huge difference. If you don’t have someone to serve this purpose, consider hiring a book coach instead. It can be well worth the money when you see your manuscript actually completed in half the time it would have taken on your own. Plus, the product you’ll turn out will be better as well since you’ll have feedback from a professional editor and book coach as you write.