P is for Productivity

This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z challenge–blogging every day in the month of April (except Sundays!) with each letter of the alphabet.

It’s not a big secret, and yet sometimes it’s the hardest truth to swallow, but in order to be a writer you have to write. You have to write a lot. You have to produce a great amount of work–large portions of which will never see the light of day–if you want to get good at your craft. If you want to make a career out of writing, you need to write even more than that. Productivity is the key to being a successful writer, no matter what kind of writing you do.

But what is productivity? How much is enough, or how much will at least be enough to get you moving in the direction you want to go? The answer depends on the writer and how fast you want to get there. Everyone sets different standards for themselves. Some writers give themselves monthly, or weekly, or daily quotas. Some writers track their progress by words, some by pages, some by numbers of stories and books written. Personally, I go by word count and try to put in 2,000 words a day. Everyone has different goals for themselves–the important part is that you sit down and do it.

Productivity also covers things like editing and rewriting, marketing, research, outlining–any time devoted to the page and the end result moves you forward. Of course this doesn’t mean you should never take a break, or even a vacation. You don’t want creativity burnout, after all. The brain needs to recharge. But being successful in writing means putting the work in, just like any other job.

How about you, what are your personal standards for productivity? What goals do you try to reach?

23 thoughts on “P is for Productivity

  1. I set weekly writing quotas rather than having a daily goal. That way, if I have an off day, I can try to make up for it later in the week.

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  2. I used to write for pleasure, as and when the mood struck. AtoZ has been instrumental in making writing a habit. I have read that sticking to a minimum word count helps. I am going to do that once AtoZ is over. 🙂
    *Shantala @ ShanayaTales*

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    1. Me too! I was never much of a blog post writer, but now I think I’m going to stick with it!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I’m an article writer and a fiction writer. In total, I write about 4,000 to 5,000 words a day.

    Precious Monsters

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    1. Whoo, that’s a lot! I usually write about 2,000 a day when I’m working on something. Good job!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Well, as I write/blog totally for my own pleasure, I have few issues with productivity. Albeit, even for casual blogging, you can’t go too far in between posts or you will lose you following.
    Visit me at: Life & Faith in Caneyhead
    I am Ensign B of Tremps’ Troops
    with the A to Z Challenge

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    1. That’s very true–you gotta keep them reading!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I try to write as much as possible on my days off from the day job. Sometimes I can really crank out the words. Other times, my productivity is in the gutter.

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    1. Same here, I feel like I’ve wasted a day ‘off’ if I don’t write.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I like to get a certain amount of words per day when I’m working on something, but my problem is I can go for periods without writing anything. I need to be more consistent or the gears get gummed up.

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    1. I’m the same way, on all those counts. You are not alone!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. My practice writing, is what I normally do on a weekly basis. I write one new r.a.n.t. each week. it keeps me in practice. It’s fun to go back and review what I’ve written in the past. Since my blog is several years old, I have see progress from four or eight years prior. And of course, monthly challenges like this A-Z I eat up whenever I can because it also hones my skills.

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    1. Blog posts are great ways to keep your skills sharp! I like looking back on my old stuff too and seeing how I’ve evolved.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Like hockey, you can’t score unless you shoot. Writers write, singers sing, hitters swing. It’s that simply.

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    1. Well said! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Hi Megan, I’m nominating you for the Liebster award, my post goes up tomorrow between P and Q 🙂

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  10. Currently (for about the past 90 days), I have been writing one blog post every day. I love the idea of writing every day, but I don’t really have a story to tell that I am aware of. I am open to the idea, but so far, my blog is the extent of my writing. I enjoyed this post, though.

    Visiting from a to z

    Susan
    from clearingspace4joy.wordpress.com

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    1. Blog post writing is a good way to start writing–and it’s ‘real’ writing too, don’t think otherwise!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. That was an interesting read. I write just for work and for fun, and some days Im bubbling over and some days I’m well… not… I dont have a word count, but it could be a good idea I guess. I usually write more the more I write… Make sense? Thanks for sharing:-)

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    1. Makes perfect sense! Writing makes you want to write. Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. I did NaNoWriMo last year for the first time. Some days I wrote 5000 words, some days just a few hundred. But I couldn’t sustain that higher level every day. Knowing that I am a bit of a worrier, I wrote more on the days I hadn’t much else on, knowing that I could ease up a bit on days where real life was more important. But probably if I average out all that I’ve written over the last 12 months, it comes out at approx 1000 words a day.

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    1. That’s great! I think NaNoWriMo helps a lot of people get kickstarted and maintain productivity, it’s awesome like that.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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