The 8 am EST participation deadline has come and gone. Considering there are 106 writers participating this month, it is actually quite good odds that only 9 didn’t check in. Checking in is a cornerstone of Book-in-a-week. If a writer isn’t checking in then they aren’t participating with the group, they are a solitary writer. This group is about sharing the experience together. Disappearing for days on end isn’t participating. And posting a whole bunch of totals for three or more days, quite frankly, looks random to many readers.
Those who have been with Book-in-a-week for a long time have come to understand the importance of checking in. It isn’t just a way to share your daily total, it’s an opportunity to share excitement, disappointment, blocks, stress, confusion or whatever else you might be feeling at the same time (although in a separate paragraph so I can easily find your total). Checking in is a vital part of participation and your accountability. We can’t do the writing for you. We can’t reach through the computer and give you a whack in the head. Life is full of distractions and curve balls but writers need to honor themselves, their deadlines and their goals . You have to take the initiative. You have to push yourself to do the minimum. Otherwise, why be here?
Lecture stops. I’m going back to bed. I hope you all have a BIC HOK TAM day full of oodles of pages. I look forward to seeing the totals later.