Author Accountability Groups
Next Group Starts August 2021
Join us on Zoom once or twice per week to write for an hour—that’s it!
Many of you are already accomplished authors. You don’t need more courses or conferences, you need weekly accountability and human support to reach goals. A lot of talented writers aren’t seeing results simply because they continue to invest in boot-camps or networking events, instead of hiring a coach as they might a personal trainer, or joining a group providing structure.
Confession: since leaving academia full-time, my production became sporadic, seasonal, binge-style. Never great at sustaining motivation alone, I thought this revealed something decidedly “un-writerly” about me.
Can you relate?
What I came to understand, as an Extraverted Judging type on the Myers-Briggs, was not only do I thrive in community, I need externally-imposed structure to reach goals. This seemed a bit embarrassing in the stereotyped world of cats and cardigans. But as former Managing Editor of one of the world’s largest women’s web properties, experience taught if I planned to succeed, I was going to have to successfully manage myself first.
This meant, no more shame around the reality:
Accountability buddies became my secret to turbo-charging motivation.
So I decided to create what I most needed myself for clients, an accountability group, and join in. At first, I worried “sit down and write” sessions, absent critique, would be worthless. Instead I found them a necessary—and liberating—step toward success.
Production absent judgement is supported by science: “The best way to get better at something isn’t to worry and study, it’s to do it, even if you completely suck at first. Here’s why: As extremely prolific songwriter Jonathan Reed has explained on Medium, the truth is whatever you’re trying to produce, 70 percent of your attempts will be mediocre, 20 percent will suck, and 10 percent will be amazing. These percentages hold steady no matter what level you’re working at.
The more pages you generate, the more fall into the “amazing” category. The only way to get there is to sit down and write. Another handy way to force yourself to embrace this truth is to tape the number 70-20-10 to your laptop screen.”
“Carol knows what agents and publishers are looking for. She truly motivates writers who have found themselves stuck in revision or lost during their quest to publication.”
— Deborah J Ledford,
Suspense Thriller Novelist – 2014 Anthony Award Nominee for Best Audio Book, CRESCENDO, narrated by Christina Cox.
“Every single one of Carol’s lectures electrified me. The way she broke down the revision process really helped to dissuade my anxieties about writing. She focused on the real crunch and mechanics of writing, not just the ideas. My writing improved greatly even from the first week. Her exercises were extremely helpful.”
– Student, Arizona State University’s Creative Writing program, 2014