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Best Way to Increase Writing Productivity

From Janalyn

Some writers produce a book a month without raising a sweat. (I am not worthy to kiss their feet.) I have always considered myself a slow writer, but maybe that was a self-fulfilling prophecy. A recent experience has taught me that I am capable of more than I was giving myself credit for. It’s funny how we adhere to our own mental definitions. I’m here to tell you that if I can increase my writing productivity, you can, too.

It’s a long story, but I have overbooked myself as a writer and need to produce on a tight schedule. Okay, let’s tell the truth. My schedule is brutal right now. I’m sliding into home base on completing the first draft of Deceptive Tide (Islands of Intrigue, book 3) after only a month. I hoped to finish the editing in that time frame, also. That didn’t happen, but I’m giving it another two weeks before moving on to Hills of Nevermore (Montana Gold, book 1).

Don’t try this at home.

Best Way to Increase Writing Productivity

With the heat on, I knew I’d better get cooking. (I couldn’t resist the pun. ) For the record, I’m not recommending that you write at the same reckless pace as me.  I’m at a place in my writing where I usually can complete a draft in two passes, a level of skill that came at the cost of many hours spent asking why I ever thought I could write while going through edits. If you’re not at the same level, that’s okay. It’s fine to be exactly where you are, and it doesn’t mean you can’t glean from the changes I made that helped me increase my writing productivity.

So what are my secrets? I’ll go into what worked for me in future posts to the new ‘From Janalyn’ category for Live Write Breathe. Today we’ll start with the first, most important thing I’m doing to improve my writing productivity. This simple change requires no special technical ability, organizational skill, or writing know-how. It doesn’t matter if interruptions come my way, I don’t feel well, or life crowds into my writing time. With no margin available, I have to write anyway.

I find nothing more motivating than a deadline with people waiting on the other end of it, but I realize you may not have the same thing. I understand. Especially in the beginning of a writing career, when you most need people to care that you are writing, no one does, or at least that’s how it feels. That assumption is not quite correct, though.

You care.

The question is, how much? When the rubber meets the proverbial road, are you willing to put out the necessary effort and make the time to attain your writing goals? If you need accountability, ask someone to help you with it. Or maybe you should revise your goals to include  projects you feel more passionate about writing?

Life is too short for anything less.

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I’m Janalyn Voigt, an author, speaker, and former social media mentor. DawnSinger and Wayfarer, the first two books in my epic fantasy series, Tales of Faeraven, released with Pelican Book Group and will be followed by at least two more installments. I’m also working on a romantic suspense novel set in an Irish castle, but then historical fiction has a grip on me too. Being unabashedly multi-genre makes me into what some might term a reluctant rebel, but I prefer to think of myself as a storyteller.

2 thoughts on “Best Way to Increase Writing Productivity”

  1. Hi, Gippy! You are keeping busy. I suggest counting the cost for everything that takes you away from actually writing. Sometimes it’s worth it and sometimes not. Only you can make those calls. Also, consider whether any fears hold you back. Just in case, here’s a post to read:

  2. Great article! My problem is ‘time’. I’m retired, but type A personality. I have to be working and achieving all the time, while my characters are all jumping around in the head trying to get out into the great plot I created. Back in college for a degree in Criminal Justice so I have accurate information for my books, promoting a book and writing a sequel. Along with that comes a new grandbaby living with her mom, sister and me–and who can resist a new baby? So, I’m a bit overwhelmed. So, thank you for any and all great advice you pass along. I look forward to your blogs. Best, Gippy

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