How To Make Yourself Creatively Accountable

Apr 21, 2016 | Inspiration, Loreless, Writing

If you are trying to make a living with a creative endeavour you need to hold yourself accountable for what you do.

Writing requires enormous dedication.

There is a large percentage of the population who have thought about writing a book. Supposedly this figure is around eighty percent.

Most people don’t get past the initial thought stage.

%22I think%22 does not equate to %22I’m doing%22.

Action is required.

Even when you have developed past this point and actually written something of substance, then there are still a lot of obstacles in your way.

If you have put so much effort into writing something substantial, then it deserves to reach a wider audience.

There are a ton of ways to do this. Advances in technology have made it easier than ever to reach an audience. However, this also requires a lot of effort, more than the actual writing itself.

Self-publishing is a BIG job.

I am preparing to self-publish my first book and have been swamped by a huge amount of information on the subject.

The garnering of information has become a sort of obsession and has in fact become a wall to just getting out there and doing it.

Just as with the writing itself, there are similar blocks to deal with:

  • The fear that no one will appreciate what you have written.
  • The fear of failure to find readers, the fear of criticism.
  • The struggle with formatting your book so it works in all the various mediums.
  • Trying to understand how all the publishing systems operate.

Whew! The list goes on.

Frank Herbert, Dune.

In the beginning I found the writing difficult.

I had a real battle trying to put together something of semblance. I had so much I needed to learn about the writing craft.

Several times I wrote myself into a corner and, because of lack of experience, didn’t know how to solve my literary obstacle. Then I went away and researched solutions.

Eventually I got there and now the actual job of writing is getting steadily easier.

My output has increased, not only because of the knowledge I have accumulated, but because I have developed a system of accountability.

I now have a rhythm.

I write five days a week.

In the beginning I would write solidly for one hour a day. Now I average between two to three hours a day.

It enabled me to churn out a first draft for my next novel in around three months.

I have realised that it is a question of mindset.

I no longer worry about the finished product. I concern myself with putting in a constant flow of little blocks. I focus on purely sitting down and putting in the time.

I try not to beat myself up for the volume of work I produce in the individual blocks. I just focus on the ritual of putting in the hours.

I treat it as a job.

It is my job. I am accountable to myself.


noun  ac·count·abil·i·ty   \ə-ˌkau̇n-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\

:  the quality or state of being accountable; especially  :  an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions

Trying to balance the writing with selling books as a business is not as easy.

That is the next part I am trying to establish.

I have set myself a goal to put all my effort in doing what I know I should be doing. A similar pattern to the writers learning curve has emerged.

I am a novice, I need to learn. I have researched, I have taken courses. I have watched hours of webinars.

Now I have to find a way to make myself accountable for getting the business done.


Are you struggling to balance creativity and business?


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