So, I’ve been struggling with my new novel. I’ve got a rough outline, I’m fairly familiar with my characters, yet I haven’t started writing the damned thing. I think I know why: I’m chicken. You heard me. Chicken. I’ve been working so long on editing a finished, mostly polished product that the idea of starting from scratch again scares the pudding outta me. What I need is a good, solid kick in the ass. And a goal.

Guess what? I found both. I joined the Word Count Union. It’s made up of ten writers (well, eleven now including me), each with a daily goal of writing 100 words. Anyone who doesn’t make their goal gets a public “flogging.” Sounds cool, no?

On a good day, banging out 100 words is easy. However, for those days (like the past several weeks of days) when I sit at my keyboard staring blankly at an even blanker screen…well, since I’m not into S&M, knowing that ten other people are standing ready with the cyber whips is an excellent incentive to get something down, however crappy it may be.

Check out the Union blogroll on the right.


About R.J. Keller

R. J. Keller is the author of Waiting For Spring. An avid independent movie enthusiast, she was Managing Editor of The Movie Fanatic website and created episodes of the writer-centric YouTube series, Inside The Writers' Studio, with author Kristen Tsetsi. She co-hosted Book Chatter with Stacey Cochran from 2011-2014. She lives in Central Maine with her family, where she enjoys gardening, collecting geeky memorabilia, and watching other people cook. View all posts by R.J. Keller

8 responses to “Accountability

  • Egidius White

    Hey, welcome to the Union!

  • Daeruin

    The Union is watching . . .

  • anilize

    They’ve even got a Wall of Shame? Ick.

    Well, if I can’t get off my backside and down to finishing my own novel, maybe I’ll come join you.

  • R.J. Keller

    They’re watching…!

    Just the kind of pressure I need.

  • Writer Reading

    Different things work for different writers. I can’t do word counts. I feel too pressured. I’m an intermittent writer. Then again, I’ve never written a novel, just stories, and need time and space between them.

  • spyscribbler

    Love it! I’m in a 100 words a day group, too. Thank God for it!

  • Jaden @ Screenwriting for Hollywood

    You are such an entertaining writer to read, I hope you do keep writing and pound out that book!

  • Ing

    Belated…but welcome. Glad to have another victim/recruit in the union.

    Re: the previous comment about the Wall of Shame — the Wall isn’t so bad. It’s the floggings you have to watch out for. 🙂 It’s a good kind of pain, though.

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