If you’re the only one who knows that you’re writing something, there’s nothing to motivate you to keep going. Even if it’s just your immediate family, they’re going to be forgiving, and are probably not going to hassle you if you fall behind, or give up altogether. I’m in the unenviable position of having everyone in my family and all of my friends and all of my family’s friends know what I do for a “living” (it’s in quotes because Lord knows I make no money from it) so that every time I have a conversation with a distant cousin, or some guy my mom used to work with, I’m asked “how’s that writing coming?” And as annoying as it is to have to answer that question, because 90% of the time it’s NOT coming along, it keeps me moving because the next time that person asks, I like to have something different to say.
Fear of public shame is a powerful motivator. And in a business where things are tough and it’s easy to cry Uncle, going public might be the extra thing that helps you to keep moving forward.
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