The Book of Shame…

In the writing group I attend, we have something called “the Book of Shame”…

This is simply a device to encourage you to write, and keep writing. At each meeting, it gets passed around and, if you like, you write a writing goal in it that you plan to achieve by the next meeting you achieve. The idea is that, if you do not make your goal, you are subject to gentle mocking from the other members.

Truth be told, there’s usually not any actual mocking. (This is a group of kind-hearted writers who don’t often do that) however  the folks who put their goals in writing publicly are more likely to achieve them, even if we all know that mocking, gentle or otherwise, will in all probability not take place.

I know it works for me.

Have you been having problems getting writing and keeping writing? Then you might think about if you could use this idea to keep you at it.

  • Start your own “book of shame”
  • Have a writing buddy you’re accountable to.
  • Set up a FB page for your writing and post goals set and achieved there where other folks can see them.

To be a writer, you first need to write and then keep on writing. And accountability is one way to make this happen for yourself

Catherine Kane


For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her new book “Manifesting Something Better” all from Foresight Publications, click here



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