On Prolificity (Is that a word?)

Yes, yes it is, though my spell check wanted to argue. Or the thesaurus. Whatever.

In any case, I like to think of myself as a semi-prolific writer. I write daily (or almost daily), and I put out stories on a semi-regular basis, but I have a tendency to pile myself high enough with other projects that I limit my own writing time…a sometimes bad, sometimes necessary habit. And then there’s the day job – a limitation that is by and large out of my control (ie, a huge chunk of non-writing time per day).

But I really don’t push myself all that hard, if I’m being totally honest. My minimum is 500 words per day. Sometimes I go as far as a thousand, but rarely. Five hundred words takes me as much as an hour when I’m off my game, and thirty minutes when I’m on. The rest of my evening is spent doing writing-related activities, but it’s mostly blog posts, chatting online, reading, and business stuff (site updates, book maintenance, formatting,  bookkeeping, etc).

In any case, I’m not all that fond of how my time is split out at the moment. For a writer, it’s skewed, and I could be so much more prolific if I merely bumped up my word count by another 500 words per day. It wouldn’t even take too long, really, especially on “on” days.

A big part of my resolutions this year is restoring balance to my project load – and while I still haven’t completely given up on trying to keep all the things I want to keep, it’s becoming more likely that I’m going to have to say “no” to certain things so I can say “yes” to more writing. I hate that…but I hate the thought of backing of my stories more, so I’ll do what needs to be done.

I want to be more prolific. The more I write, the better I get, and I want to keep learning and growing and writing better stories and deeper characters.

Mostly, I want to write more because it’s what I enjoy doing more than anything. Prolificity isn’t just about getting sales or having a big shelf of books to point at (for me, anyways), it’s about exploring all the ideas that swirl constantly in my head, and new ways of telling them. I want to write more. It’s like an itch I just can’t scratch enough.

So I guess we’ll call that my number 1 resolution for 2012. Write more. Even if it means doing less “other stuff”.

Are you a prolific writer? Do you want to be, or are you happier taking it slow?

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2 comments on “On Prolificity (Is that a word?)

  1. Dolly

    Precisely my thought! Just yesterday I was journaling about my goals. It’s that time of the year. And more writing. Not just writing, but finishing more books. That’s my priority. Because I’m a writer, that’s what I love, and so that’s what I should do.

    So 2012 – let’s enjoy more writing 🙂

    BTW, you have done excellent with being prolific, and with your discipline, I’m sure you can do 1000 words a day.

  2. Brooklyn Ann

    Well, I certainly have enough ideas to be prolific. Now I just need the productivity.