I once read a book called “The Productive Writer” by Sage Cohen. (The link should take you to my review on Goodreads.) Sometimes I remember that’s surely what I aspire to; to be a writer, and to be productive. And sometimes life gets in the way.
If you produce an email a day, does that make you a productive writer? If you read a hundred emails a day, are you a productive reader? (What if you only reply to one in a hundred?) And does collaborating with your spouse on resume-writing make you a productive editor?
What about seeing a book re-released? Does that make you un-productive since it was first removed from publication, or productive because it’s back? Or is productive simply a state of mind. I will call myself productive. I will rejoice in what I’ve produced. And I will…
…BE A PRODUCTIVE WRITER!
This month has seen the re-release of my “last” two Five-Minute Bible-Story books (11th and 12th in the series), and I’m very proud of them, even if the color versions are awaiting release, and the next book in the series merely fills me with stories and no time to write . I will make my state of mind productive and I’ll claim that yes,
I’VE PRODUCED SOMETHING!
Plus I just updated my website to include links to the new books. That’s “productive” isn’t it, even if I have’t updated it yet to include just one book on a page… And…
I’ve almost finished editing the print version of “Where Love Begins” for Donna Fletcher Crow, author of delightfully British mysteries and gentle romances. I shall rejoice in the fact that…
SHE’S PRODUCTIVE, AND I’M LOVING IT!
I’ve almost finished printing out the paperwork for this weekend’s Writers’ Mill meeting. And… DRUMROLL! … I have actually written something/produced a whole piece of writing. It’s a story I hope my Writers’ Mill colleagues will critique for me, so I can submit it to the Northwest Independent Writers Association for their anthology.
PLEASE WISH ME LUCK.
It’s another Tale of Hemlock, and I really hope it works because, as the doubts creep in, as I wonder if I’m productive after all, and as that state of mind falls prey to states of reality…
- I’d love to find homes for the Hemlock series (maybe rewriting it comes first).
- I’d love to write more Five-Minute Bible-Stories.
- I’d love to see A Nose for Adventure come out (it’s slowly climbing the list with Linkville Press).
- I’d love to write more novels.
- I’d love to have 48 hours in a day.
- And I’d love to stay awake!
But am I productive? Are you? And what’s your state of mind?