Baby Steps

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Thursday, February 16, 2012 Under: Productivity Pro

The old saying, Today is the first day of the rest of your life, seems to have some added resonance for me today. Today is, despite the 25 years that have gone before, the first day of my writing life. At least, that's what I'm hoping.


I have been a writer for a long time. I've even been paid for my writing. I've got a complete draft of a novel that I am in the process (a rather long drawn out process) of editing and rewriting. But despite all that, and despite the uncomfortable feeling I get when I don't write, I haven't really been all that productive with my writing lately. But that is about to change.


I blog about the craft of writing — something that I've been studying for years — I do reviews of books, articles, and websites that deal either with the business or craft of writing or that would be useful for people doing research for their speculative fiction. I was reading through some old writing magazines looking for an article to review when I came upon Sage Cohen's article on how to be a Productivity Pro*. I realized that this would be a great topic to blog on, not just the article, but how effective her tips are. As I'm in desperate need of a boost in productivity, I decided to run with that idea.


I'm going stick to Sage's strategies for at least the next six months, and during that time I will blog about the results I get from them. If there are some significant results at the end of six months, I'll stay with the program; why give up on a good thing? 

I'd love to hear how all you other writers out there boost your productivity.

Sage Cohen, "10 Ways To Be A Productivity Pro", Writer's Digest, September 2010, pp. 42-45

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Tags: writing "productivity pro" 
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I'm a writer, editor, indie publisher, and dedicated Magic Spreadsheet user. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, I've been living in Japan since 1995. I've had a life-long interest in writing and in speculative fiction. My first book was published in mid-2014.
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