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?

Author: Megan Morgan

Paranormal and contemporary romance author.

23 thoughts

  1. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. 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.

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  4. 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:-)


  5. 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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