Increase Productivity - Writing in 30 minute Bursts

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After last week's progress I didn't think I'd manage to type fast enough to get a higher word count. It turns out I was wrong because I have increased my productivity.

Increase Productivity = no more choppy waters.
No more choppy waters for Morgan. :)

In my 30 minute bursts last week I wrote 1,841 words altogether. This week, not including yesterday, I wrote 2,406. And that's over three days.

In just thirty minutes I'm writing almost 900 words, I can't believe it! My story is in my head again, and I can get on with the writing. Characters talk to me, ideas flow through my fingers onto the page and before I know it I'm out of time. I haven't felt this good about my writing in a long time, I'm even beginning to consider my next steps once the book is finished.

I'd always assumed I would self-publish this book, after sending it off to an editor I would release it myself and hope for the best. Lately though I've been wondering about other opportunities. What if I send it to publishers and see what they say? Or agents even? Receiving a rejection letter fills me with dread but also a little excitement. Is that weird? I never considered it an option before now, figuring I was not good enough. But perhaps this new productivity and positivity has opened my mind enough to let me review other options. For now I'll concentrate on finishing the draft, the other stuff can come later.

My new routine is helping me increase productivity all round. I'm writing blog posts and posting them in a timely manner (as I'd planned). I'm keeping organised and I'm even able to go out without worrying.

Organisation and a plan has turned me into a writing machine. I hope the increase continues, who knows maybe next week I'll break into 1,000 words a day!

How awesome would that be?


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16 comments:

  1. Sounds like you're doing really well and have got a great little system going! I'm a little sad that you feel self-publishing is the boobie prize though. It's a very different world these days lovely, just because you self-pub doesn't mean your work is crap - that's vanity publishing...

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    1. Oh Renee that's not what I meant at all! I'm sorry if that's the impression you got from my post. I don't think of self-publishing as any less valid than traditional. What I was trying to say is that I hadn't even considered traditional publishing. On reflection I could've written it better, I'm certainly not trying to say all self-pubbed work is crap. I love self-published books and absolutely admire the authors. Perhaps I had it in my head that it was the easier route (which I now know is not true). I don't know. I am so sorry to make you think that. Really. xx

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  2. Well done Morgan, you're doing AMAZINGLY! It's great that you're feeling confident and considering all the many options open to you. I think there are advantages and disadvantages to both traditional publishing and self-publishing but as you're still at the writing stage you have plenty of time to explore them. I wrote a post on agent hunting recently that could be useful if you do go down the agent route. Exciting times! Thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting

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    1. Thank you Maddy. Yes I remember your agent hunting post and will definitely go and read it again when the time comes. :)

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  3. Yay for sprints! So excited for you!

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  4. It's such a good routing that you've got in to. It proves that you don't need loads of time to get your writing done. Now that the story is in full flow, there'll be no stopping you!

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    1. You're so right Nicola. Every time I sit down to write now I know what I'm going to do. It's an amazing feeling. :) And no, you don't need tons of time. :)

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  5. This is such a fantastic idea. I'm currently struggling to even find time to sit and write, but when I came across your post on #whatimwriting, I thought, perhaps there's hope yet! I'm going to try your method and see how it fairs for me. I'm hoping for the same result!

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    1. Maria I hope it works out just as well for you. Make sure you either turn off, or ignore all social media and internet. It's the only way to delve into the writing. I've always struggled to find the time but 30 minutes doesn't seem that long and fits in nicely with the rest of the day. Good luck to you, do let me know how you get on. xx

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  6. Oh my gosh, that's awesome! Why am I not doing this? I said I would when you first told me about it. DOH! I'm so impressed, sounds like you are the boss of your writing and you are whipping that novel into shape! Have you heard about the Mumsnet / Janckow and Nesbit competition - they will read all submissions (deadline Jan 30th). Do it! xxx

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    1. Why aren't you doing this?!

      I really am enjoying the writing and keep making progress! I can't believe it. That competition rings a bell but I think I just dismissed it. Maybe at the time I thought it was not possible for me to win anything? Anyway, I'm off to check that out right now! Thanks xx

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  7. Amazing lady, you must feel really proud, keep going! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

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  8. Yay! Go you and your productivity! I'm kinda jealous as I've turned over 0 useful words this week (yet).
    So glad it's all working for you and that you're thinking about the future for your work. Such a difference over the last few weeks! x

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    1. I'm so glad to be in a good place with my writing again, it makes such a difference to my overall mood. :) I'm sure you'll be able to pull it back, and anyway I didn't say anything about them being USEFUL words! ;) Thanks so much. xx

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