Find a writing buddy and do a 10-day Blitz
Years ago, I would meet a friend each morning before work to go for a walk and talk at a nearby high school track. We both wanted to exercise, but we had crazy, unpredictable work days. We figured out that we could exercise in the morning without interruptions. I rarely ever missed the walk because I knew she would be waiting for me and vice versa. We discovered that this bit of accountability was a powerful tool for success.
The support of a like-minded friend can go a long way towards meeting your goals, whether they’re fitness, business, or writing aspirations.
So I was intrigued when I read Suzanne Main’s blog post, A Whine, a Wine and Writer’s Nights, about her new writing buddy. All our competing projects, work, and family demands can easily eat through our day even with the best of intentions. So Main and her friend began meeting a couple times a week to write. They don’t critique, share work, or even talk much. Just write.
Scheduling time to write is good. But it’s one thing to schedule time on your calendar for writing, and another thing to have an appointment to write with a friend at a specific place and time.
As one more way to amplify our writing progress towards our goals, my blogging buddy Carol and I decided to set a campaign for ourselves that we’re calling the 10-Day Blitz. This is how it works:
1. First we set our “Blitz Goals.” We set parameters around our fitness, project, and writing goals (number of hours, pages, etc.) I’m even carrying a slip of paper in my pocket with my Blitz Goals on it.
2. Daily e-mail updates. Each day, we e-mail each other an update of what we accomplished the day before. It helps us review what went well and what didn’t so we can adjust.
In my next post, I’ll be writing about creating focused work sessions as a way to be more productive and how we’re using focused work stints in the 10-Day Blitz.
For more ideas, here are two more posts Carol and I have written about writing with a buddy.
Reach your goals quicker with a writing partner
Find writing success with a buddy (You’ll learn about the concept of the “body double”)
Thanks for mentioning my blog and I like your idea of the writing blitz! I will mention it to my friend at our next writing meet up later this week!
Let us know if you do a blitz…It would be fun to see how it works for you 🙂
Wow love the blitz idea I live in remote area where I don’t know anyone keen on writing, I would love to have a writing buddy or two to keep me focused, great idea, awesome blog.
Thanks for your comment! Do you ever have a chance to go to writing conferences or is there any continuing education classes in your area? I’ve been other writer friends that way. You might find someone who could be a long-distance buddy 🙂 Carol and I often talk and write long distance using instant messaging and phone calls. Good luck with your writing.
Hi Carly thanks for the tweet, I’m actually doing an online course with jeff Goins tribe writers there are around 700 people going through the course and it is a life time membership so I think i will link up with some people i have met in there. Thanks for tips.