How’s it going? I read an article yesterday (can’t remember which of my Facebook friends shared it) about a romance author who can write 2,500 words…per hour.
I know I don’t have that kind of production, for sure (my max when I was churning out fiction for a peanut and a half a long time ago was 15,000 words a week, and that gig didn’t last long).
It’s very easy, especially if writing is part of your business at all, to think that if you don’t zap out 2,500 words in several hours, your work will never amount to much at all.
I don’t want to think that way, and I don’t think you do, either. So let’s do a little something else. There are a lot of different methods/ideas surrounding the concept of productivity.
There are many different paths to take on productivity, and you should find your own.
That’s one take on it.
Another one is quality over quantity which I think tries to treat the idea of productivity as a myth to be avoided.
Another is you shouldn’t wait for the perfect time, because that doesn’t exist, and besides, most people who think like that never get anything done. So you should just force it out, even if you don’t feel like it, and clean it up later.
Or write at the same time every day (as much as possible) in a quiet spot free of distractions.
An interesting technique the article talked about was to just write anything on the page in order to get started, no matter how silly it seemed.
Another one was writing with a timer.
I have used a timer on occasion. Something about it pushes me along. And the write-anything technique is one I like to use, too. I got several good laughs from a story I used that technique on–now I don’t know where to go with the story itself, though, which is a weensy downside to this particular method (unless you write a lot of stories, characters, or what-have-ya with similar backstories and plots).
All right, so the perfect time doesn’t exist, and there’s no reason you can’t churn out garbage if you’re doing it to get ideas, plan to revise it later, and/or no one will see it.
Getting started and cleaning it up is better than never getting started. And I find it’s also easier to continue on after getting started.
Oh, and if it wasn’t obvious, this works for copywriting too (emails, sales letters, and more). Sometimes even more so, because some random free writing about your audience or subject can be turned into headlines or bullets later.
And you have to discover and stick to a schedule that works for you because if you set unrealistic goals, you’re more likely to fail, get discouraged, and eventually give up.
Nobody wants that.
Do you have a fave productivity tip? Drop me a line in the comments.
Until next time,