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Holding Your Feet to the Fire

August 25, 2009

I’ve learned a lot about what people want from critique groups through my ongoing search for “writing group” and “critique group” on Twitter. One of the most interesting results of this search is the sheer number of times that people post about how they want to join a critique group (or just joined a critique group) because they want someone else to hold their feet to the fire. They want to be held accountable.

My instinct is that these people want to write–they love to write. But they don’t actually write all that often. They’re hoping a critique group will push them to actually put pen to paper.

My first reaction this is: Hold your own feet to the fire.

But then again, I’m writing this at 11:30 at night, wanting to write, but knowing that I’ll probably just write a few more e-mails, read a chapter or two of a book, and then go to bed. If I actually had a deadline, I’d use the next hour to write.

The mission of TypeTribe is not to get you to write or teach you how to write or even to give you a direct way to sell your work. It’s to connect you with the exact readers you want for each of your works so you get immediate feedback and fanbases.

But I want TypeTribe to be able to evolve, and because it hasn’t been created yet, there’s plenty of time to evolve.

So help me: Knowing the primary objective of TypeTribe, what’s a way that it can also hold your feet to the fire? Would other members be involved? What about financial incentives (credits on the site) if you meet your goals? What kind of accountability would actually encourage you to take time to write?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 26, 2009 5:37 pm

    You know, I’m not sure that TypeTribe will need to do anything to incentivize people and hold those proverbial feet to the fire, at least not for active members of the site. The very nature of TypeTribe — the community aspect especially – I would think would drive people to write. It’s sort of like AA, but in reverse. It’ll be a support group as much as a critique group.

  2. August 27, 2009 10:52 pm

    Well, that’s good to hear that the nature of TypeTribe would drive people to write. Maybe that’s the best way to go.

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