I've recently become more active on Twitter (shameless plug - if you'd like to follow me you can find me here http://twitter.com/#!/KiraSinclair). Sure, I love keeping up with my friends, my favorite authors and industry professionals. But there's something else I've discovered on Twitter that I absolutely love - the hash tag 1K1HR.
For those of you unfamiliar with it, this is where writers post when they're going to start a writing sprint - hoping for 1K words in 1HR. It's a great place to meet new people, encourage fellow writers and find a group who'll hold you accountable for the work you need to do.
I discovered this group when I was having trouble getting back into a book that I'd set aside for a little while. I needed something to help me push through the mental block so that the words would start flowing again. And this totally worked! I joined several sessions and within a couple days had more than twenty pages. This is amazing considering I'd spent the previous week staring at the blank computer screen and being excited when I got two pages.
I think this works for me because I'm pretty competitive. I know, y'all are surprised. Having another writer nipping at my heels pushes me to keep going when quitting would be easier. I haven't been active for the last several days because I'm in the middle of line edits, but I know that when I'm finished and I need help getting back into the story my first stop is going to be Twitter and #1K1HR.
Are there any other hash tags on Twitter that I need to check out? I feel like there's an entire world out there that I haven't discovered. If you're a writer, do you have an accountability system? Have you tried 1K1HR?