Consistency = Productivity

If I were to write at least one post a week, even if it doesn’t sound that impressive, at the end of the year, I’ll have at least 52 posts. Doesn’t sound like much. What if I set myself a goal to write 100 words a day? (This paragraph is around 100 words long.) If I write 100 words a day, after a whole year, I’ll have 36,500 words (36,600 for leap years). That’s about the length of a novella. Or a few short stories. Possibly 36 or so 1oo0 word short stories.

That’s 36 more than what a lot of writers can say they’ve written in a year.

Now comes the trick that makes consistency even more productive. Following the exampled with writing 100 words a day, once you start writing, it’s very easy to go past 100 words in one setting. The first few words are the hardest, as ideas seem determined to slip through your fingers, but once you get a few more words on the paper/screen, or if inspiration has decided to grace you with its presence, you can easily go past 100 words. Maybe write a whole 1000-word chapter/short story in a day.

And when you get used to writing 100 words a day, it’s a simple matter to slowly increase the word goal to 110, 120, 13o… As long as you don’t take prolonged breaks, you’ll just keep getting more and more productive.

Easy.

Right…

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Posted on March 10, 2012, in Life Lessons, Writing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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