I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I'm part of a group of writers who have decided to pair up and send each other new work every week. It's called the Weekly Chapter Challenge, and it's mostly a tool to stay motivated and accountable with regards to your writing. We do it by having a buddy that's expecting to see your new stuff as well as having you share some thoughts about what they've done.
In short, I love it. I have an awesome partner (Margaret - here's her blog) who keeps her deadlines, and is always flexible. Plus, she's a pretty crafty writer/reader herself!
Unfortunately, the last few weeks have been hard with travel, etc. getting in the way of my writing time. As a result, I've started sending my 'buddy' chapters from an already completed story. I don't like doing that, because it kind of undermines the intent of the group, but I don't want to not send anything. Furthermore, I really value my partner's thoughts, so I think it still serves a purpose.
My buddy has been sending me her work on schedule, and I feel that I should honor her efforts. The solution? This week I get back on track! I'm writing up a storm, so hopefully the new stuff will start flowing again.
If you're a writer and are interested in the group and maybe swapping some of your own work with a buddy, you can check it out here.