My sudden burst of productivity


My short burst of productivity

I’ll admit it; I can be slack, I can be very slack. Sometimes I can go all month without working on my novel. But last month has been different. All because of a sudden burst of productivity.

I’ve been working on my novel for about a year and a half now. My biggest problem was that I never wrote consistently; I might write a couple of pages a day and then forget about it for the rest of the month and this really effected the floBut this month my writing changed.

How did my writing change?

Good question!

Last month I almost doubled my word count on my novel from 35,000 to 55,000.

This change didn’t come suddenly; I had to force myself to do it. I had been working on my novel for a fair while and I was starting to lose motivation for it.

At the start of the month I said to myself that if I didn’t reach 45,000 by the end of the month then I’d have to find a new story idea.

Sounds like a stupid plan right? Well it wasn’t.

It gave me the motivation that I needed to get off of my backside and keep working on my story. I can be lazy but I was still dedicated to my story.

Setting deadlines is one of the most effective methods of realising your goal. But deadlines mean nothing unless you stick to them.

Without deadlines, us writers have no direction. We have no sense of where we are going. And how are you supposed to finish a novel if you have no idea where you’re going with it? We need deadlines.

I constantly have trouble finding motivation for my writing. Every time you tackle one problem another one emerges and there will always be problems to distract you.

Productivity can always waver but we have to find a way to push through. After all, we can’t call ourselves writers unless we actually do write.

Do you ever have short bursts of productivity or are you maybe lacking any productivity at all? Comment below.

-Chris Gutteridge

(P.S sorry I’ve been gone recently, I’m going to start posting weekly again)



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