Increasing our Writing Productivity

30 Jul

003And a very Happy Tuesday to you all.  I hope you had a PRODUCTIVE Monday and you are ready to take on all challenges today.

And yes, today we are going to talk about productivity.


Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.
Paul J. Meyer
Let me ask you this:  What if this were one of the old Communists countries, and there were only a limited number of writers allowed each year, and that those allowed to write were determined by their productivity…..would you increase your productivity in order to keep doing what you love?

Of course you would, and that is the point of this lesson.  You will never improve if you don’t keep writing…you will never achieve your writing goals if you don’t keep writing.  Writing is a craft and like all crafts it improves with effort and practice.

I don’t know how much time you spend writing each day. I know a lot of you have full time jobs and writing time is limited….and I understand….but….

Productivity does not happen by accident.  Read the quote again and then ask yourself if you are writing as much as you could be or should be.


Set aside a specific amount of time each day to write.  Even if it is just fifteen minutes before bedtime, do it….or get up a half hour earlier in the morning…but do it!


The Robert Watson Literary Prizes are now accepting submissions in fiction and poetry with a deadline of September 15th.  You can find the submission guidelines here.


How about a weekend in Big Sur, California in October?  The Sun is offering two scholarships for room, board and tuition, and the applications can be found here.



Do you see anything worth getting excited about? I saw a sunset the other night that knocked my socks off and inspired a future article. I hope this picture does the same for you.


We all have different goals, right? I don’t know what yours are….I want to inspire millions with my writing….pretty broad goal, and my challenge is always in how do I do it….how do I achieve that goal…what are the most productive avenues for me to take….

Universal questions for most writers I believe.

Best of luck to you all, and thank you for stopping by. I’ll be back on this blog Thursday, as tomorrow is my day for A Moment With Bill blog.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

23 Responses to “Increasing our Writing Productivity”

  1. Janine Huldie July 30, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    Wonderful Bill and trust me I am so very productive most days and for that is just my work ethic I suppose. Hoping you are enjoying your day!!! 🙂

    • Billybuc July 30, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

      Work ethic is a biggie, Janine. Sadly, some people do not have one. 🙂 Thanks as always my friend and have a great day.

  2. BNadyn July 30, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    This is so true. I find myself squeezing in writing whenever I can at random hours during the day and night. My goal right now is to find a strict schedule to follow; it’s scattered here and there but it all starts with making time to write. The photo looks like a place I’d like to escape to! It looks calm where time can slow down for a bit.

    • Billybuc July 30, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

      BNadyn, nice to see you here. The photo is actually a retreat center here in town…funny you should see it as such. 🙂 Good luck establishing a schedule that will allow you to write, and thank you for stopping by.

  3. grandma pearl July 30, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    Billy, I have promised myself that I will write for 20 minutes at some point during the day or night. So far, so good. And like I’ve said before, most often that 20 minutes magically turns into 90 or more. It doesn’t always happen that way, but when it does I feel very proud of myself.
    It is amazing how much you can write in just 20 minutes–even if you split it up into 5- or 10-minute segments.

    • Billybuc July 30, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

      It is amazing, Pearl….the hard part is training ourselves that writing must occur each day. Life always gets in the way for most folks. I’m glad you find the time my friend, and thank you.

  4. Kelly Umphenour July 30, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    I’m usually productive in some way every single day. I think my problems will always revolve around my ADD and focusing on staying on task. I seem to get easily side tracked and then things bottleneck, ugh. I do see your productivity every single day without fail. I strive to be more like you:)

    • Billybuc July 30, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

      Kelly, I’m lucky in that I don’t have ADD or a family to take care of or another job….it’s just writing for me, all day long, and that certainly gives me an advantage regarding productivity. I think you do wonderfully, Kelly. Thank you for sharing.

  5. ruchira July 31, 2013 at 12:17 am #

    I try to be productive 🙂 Just waiting up for schools to start and get on a normal routine. These days I tend to go in the direction of my kid…

    • Billybuc July 31, 2013 at 12:20 am #

      Ruchira, parenting definitely makes it challenging to find time to write…good luck this next month. 🙂

  6. i'mkarn July 31, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    Zowie, Bill. The first paragraph had me sitting up! Wha? WOULD i write more consistently and produce more IF it were a competition? Hmmmm…
    While i used to be highly competitive(more so with myself), i try VERY hard to not be
    BUT, i do believe i WOULD write more in order to be able to continue writing. Dunno bout quality, but…
    What i see in that prompt is an article called “Where Are The Horses?”

    • Billybuc July 31, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

      Leslie, just an interesting scenario to get your brain working this morning….have a great day my friend and thank you.

  7. Melanie Chisnall July 31, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    Happy Wednesday Bill! Hope you’re having a good one 🙂

    • Billybuc July 31, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

      Thank you Mel! I will and I hope you do as well.

  8. Eyes Straight Ahead August 1, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    So happy I found this, Billybuc! 🙂 Was browsing around over at HubPages and visited one of your hubs…led me here and now I am excited. I have this flagged for the weekend so I can come write about the great summer memories I can see taking place on that farm! 🙂 Have a great and wonderful week! ~Shell

    • Billybuc August 1, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

      Shell, it’s so nice to have you with me. Thanks for finding me and dropping by…I’ll see you this weekend and we’ll discuss the farm and other matters of importance. 🙂

  9. Eddy August 1, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    Hi Billy my first visit to you site and am very impressed. I am also interested in the Robert Watson Competition but not sure if they accept entries from other countries. Will have a snoop to see; I hope they do.
    Right you will be pleased to hear that I will be a regular on here fro now on; lucky you my dear friend ;ha ha !!!
    Enjoy your day my friend and lots of love from Wales.

    • Billybuc August 1, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

      Eddy, I’m so happy to have you with me….you are always welcome my dear. Pull up a chair and get comfortable and I’ll try to be a good host. 🙂

  10. Brian Leekley August 4, 2013 at 12:59 am #

    Commit, plan, focus—I’ll give that a try.

    • Billybuc August 4, 2013 at 2:51 am #

      Brian, I am a big believer. 🙂 Thanks for the visit.

  11. prairierprincess August 25, 2013 at 2:56 am #

    Bill, I love your blog, and am sharing some of your posts on Scoop It. In regards to productivity, I need to be more consistent. I tend to go like crazy, but then crash for a while. And get discouraged, at times. You are inspiration to me, Bill. Keep up the good teaching of us writers.

    (Three more days until I go back to work! A whole new rambunctious group of grade sixers)

    • Billybuc August 25, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

      Thank you Sharilee! If my stuff helps other writers then fantastic! Thank you for sharing it, and good luck with that new crop of sixth graders.

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