I have no secret but hard work. This is a secret that many never learn, and they don't succeed because they don't learn it. Labor is the genius that changes the world from ugliness to beauty, and the great curse to a great blessing.
Joseph M. W. Turner
I am anxiously awaiting my copy of Sage Cohen's new book, The Productive Writer, if productivity is something you want to work on now and in the new year, help a fellow writer/poet reach her goal by pre-ordering it today, it's her Amazon spike day!
My goal of graduating college was realized this year because I worked really hard to make it happen. It wasn't easy, I had to say "no" to a lot of people and I put other goals on hold. Was I productive every day? Honestly, I'd have to say no. I procrastinated, avoided, made excuses...but when it came down to the deadline I stuck to it, even if it meant a 12-hour writing session on too many to count Sundays.
The other reason I succeeded was that I reached out to others who had a similar goal and we became each others support system. Having people who believe you can do it and who cheer-lead your goals made the difference for me. It would have been very easy to give up if I didn't have friends who believed in me and checked in often.
Now that that goal is scratched off my list I am adding other goals to the list. Some seem insurmountable others seem very doable.
Today, think of how you became a more productive writer this year? What could you do different in 2011? Now get back to work!
The Writing Nag