PRODUCTIVITY: TIME FOR WRITING AND FOR EVERYTHING ELSE
Mars Dorian asked me to write about productivity: How to be productive in your writing? I've written a few posts in the past about this. On making time for writing, on motivation and self-discipline of writing from home, on locking yourself up in order to write, and on my writing routine which hasn't changed much over the years. But it's time I wrote an updated post talking specifically about productivity.
What kind of a beast is productivity, and how do you conquer it?
Productivity is different for every writer. It depends on what works for you and where in your writing career you are: A beginner? An experienced writer? A pro? I like to illustrate the differences by using this lovely productivity synonym: fruitfulness. Let's say instead of producing words you're producing apples. Harvesting them (unless you know how to spout apples from your mouth). How do you measure your productivity? Do you count the individual apples? The crates of apples? The pounds? The hours it took you to pick them? The number of trees you worked on? And what's a good harvest? How much did your land yield compared to last month versus ten years ago? Rainy season versus dry season? Rodents versus your neighbor's thieving boys? As you see, there are many ways to measure it, and it's up to you how you do it.
I'll illustrate on my own example. I've been writing full-time for four years now, and I have started out with one method to measure my productivity, and slowly graduated to a different one, which I think will change again with time.
1. Word count.