Every morning I wake early to write, and as part of my accountability, I record and post those sessions along with a voice over of my commentary to YouTube.
The funny thing about progress is that, if you don’t put any work into it, you don’t make any. Unless you’re a very round boulder on the top of an incline. But one could question if rolling down hill, in that instance, is truly progress.
So it applies to my writing. If I do not put my butt in a chair, I will not write. It just won’t happen. As with so many writers, I must stake my claim to writing time, because none will manifest itself without my effort.
To that effect, I’ve canonized Isaac Asimov, my patron saint of writing in the wee hours. Somehow he knows when I have overslept, and so I roll out of bed with more regularity than when I am accountable only to myself.
But I don’t stop there when it comes to piling on the accountability. For over a year, I’ve posted daily entries of a YouTube writing journal I call The Asimov Hour. Every morning I wake early, write for as much time as I have (around getting ready for work and leaving on time), and then discuss my progress in a voice over which I record while I take the dog out afterward, or in the car during my commute.
Knowing there is meant to be a journal entry every day, and that random internet strangers can judge me by my lapses, I hope to further develop my good writing habits by sitting down every day and typing typing typing as if everyone is watching.
In June 2017 I started trying to keep the videos shorter because there were those lamenting to me that they weren’t able to keep up with my 12-18 minute daily videos. And for those who don’t have the time to watch my daily journals of any length, I also post a weekly “Sunday Pancakes” summary of my goals and progress to recap the week as briefly as I can manage.