Boost Your Writing Output With a Partner – Tips For Finding the Perfect Writing Buddy
April 3, 2019
April 3, 2019
Writing is mostly a systematic activity. Although writers do sometimes collaborate on writing projects, each person is still generally responsible for writing different parts. Is it any wonder then so many of us procrastinate too much and write too little? Most of us live in families, work in teams and stay in communities. We are pack animals. Sometimes then the obvious way to increase our writing output and write more regularly is to find a writing partner? I certainly found that when I linked up with a writing buddy, my output shot up.
Choosing a Writing Buddy
What type of person makes a good writing buddy? Do they need to be an experienced writer themselves?
Your writing partner is likely to be someone who, like you, is looking for mutual support and accountability. While a lot of writing experience is not essential, your buddy should certainly be someone who enjoys the written word, who has the same pressing desire as you write to or better quality, and who will give you honest feedback about your writing efforts.
It helps if your buddy is part of your target market or understands the target audience you are writing for and they certainly need to be someone who knows encouragement is more important than nit-picking, acknowledgment more important than criticism.
Creating an Agreement
Once you've found your writing partner, agree together what the commitment entails. Are you going to check in with each other every week on the phone or do you want someone you can meet online once a day to share your daily writing intention? Will you put a time limit on the length of the agreement?
You might want to take a month and do a review at the end of the month. Did the partnership work? Did you both get out what you wanted? Did both of you write more, better quality content than you'd have done on your own?
Naturally, a partnership by definition is a two-way street and your writing buddy will expect the same care and attention back from you. Giving her feedback on her writing, hearing yourself acknowledge her efforts, will surely boost your own motivation to achieve great results. Finding a writing partner certainly made all the difference to me. Why not give it a try and procrastination will soon be a thing of the past.