Being a writer is like being a “solopreneur” — someone who operates on their own business nearly single-handedly. As a writer we are making our craft and with little teamwork effort unless we choose. The plus to this is that no one but ourselves can get in our way. The downside is the other side of the same coin — we need to hold ourselves accountable to our successes and failures.
And that’s the basic definition of “self-accountability” — you are holding yourself responsible for your successes and failures. This can be a very empowering process. That’s why we assign the “Writing Contract” as a simple tool to empower yourself as you face your own writing demons.
See SARK’s Writer’s Manifesto to get some ideas of ways to write your contract: