#WeekendCoffeeShare – Writing Accountability

wp-image-1093036968If we were having coffee, I’d wish you and very happy Easter, and offer you a nice cup of freshly brewed Seattle’s Best coffee.  In the event that coffee is not you thing, I’ve got some green tea, apple cider (I may have some of that later), or the ole standard, water.  I’m sure we can get you hooked up with some kind of sipping beverage that goes along well with conversation and music.

We’d sit and chat and listen to some good music play in the background.  I’ve got a playlist going on random now, so who knows what will play next.  Sullivan Street (Counting Crows) just ended, and now Slide (Goo Goo Dolls) is on.  We’ll have to wait to see what’s up next.  Don’t worry, they’re all good.  I handpicked them after all.

I’d tell you that I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the writing side of my life.  What I’ve come up with is that I need to do more of it.  Or I want to do more of it.  The past few weeks have not been the best when it comes to writing, and that’s not all my fault.  Some of that was work related, but when you get right down to it, I could have written if I had really felt the need.  If I had been held accountable.

To that end, I’ve added my name back to The Magic Spreadsheet.  I’m not sure when I quit the spreadsheet, but it’s been at least a couple years.  If you’ve not heard of it, it is a tool to help keep us writers writing.  You have a set minimum of words per day (250 to start) and as you hit that goal you get points.  You can level up, increase your minimum, and so on and so forth.  Game-ification would be the word for it.  You write for point, and keep writing for more.  As your streak continues, you earn more points.  Break your streak and start over.

I once had a streak of over three years.  Now I’m starting over.  Better instructions at the link above.

In another attempt to hold myself accountable, I set up a youtube channel for this site, where I thought that maybe I could talk a bit about writing.  The struggles, the successes, and the lessons learned.  Not that I’m all that, but if I’m on video talking about it, I had better back up my talk.  Haven’t posted anything there yet, but it could happen.  I’ve just got to get over my fear of being on camera.  We’ll see.  (To be honest, this scares me to death.)

As for this past week, I posted a of couple things.  A poem and a short story.  I also did some more editing on a longer short story and printed it out.  It’s just a bit more than 2200 words.  I’m going to go through it again on paper, try to have some people read it, and then shop it around.

In the meantime, I’m going to continue developing that story.  I really like the idea and where it’s going.  30 to 50,000 words on the Kimmy and the Dead project is what I’m thinking.

As a matter of fact, I think I’m going to get on that tonight.  No time like the present, right?  It’s been great talking with you.  Come back and talk anytime.  I’ll have the coffee on!

#WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up that is now hosted by Eclectic Alli. Check out her post for the week and maybe post a share of your own!

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