Productivity series: an introduction

Over the past two and a half years I wrote and edited my novel and then completed and defended my dissertation.  These projects are, as of now, unpublished, but I am learning to acknowledge that they are still badass accomplishments.  More importantly, they were massive learning experiences, and I am absolutely a better and more productive writer now than when I started.

On this site, for the remainder of the year, I’d like to focus in bi-weekly posts on that second thing I learned—how to become a more productive writer.

[No lies.  Bi-weekly. They’re all written and scheduled.  Because I am productive.]

I’ll also talk about what you can expect to discover about yourself as you analyze your growing pile of pages and how you can protect your productivity by developing supportive systems in other areas of your life.

[Tiny lie.  They’re mostly finished.  They’ll be done by April 25th.  But the first couple months of posts are written and scheduled.  Because I am productive.]

In other words, I’m going to talk about how to become a productive badass.  Which, I have learned through practice, podcasts, self-help books, philosophical treatise, and procrastination, is a totally achievable thing that comes down to

a) finding work that helps you become truly happy;

b) ritualizing and protecting the time you spend on that work;

thereby, c) creating the special circumstances under which you can find your voice and write the words that only you can write.

As a preview of topics, I’ll cover among other things…

  •             How and why to keep a writing journal
  •             How to honestly self-assess and apply self-correction
  •             How to ritualize writing practices
  •             How to plan your writing day
  •             How to read as a writer
  •             How to automate systems to open time in your schedule
  •             How to build confidence and fight imposter syndrome

Looking forward to it!

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Historian, novelist, musician, and imagination professional.

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