Killing the Productivity with Motivation Addiction

I’m always on the lookout for tips and insights into the publishing biz, or how to be a better writer, or just general items of interest. (Hey, I’ve gotta have some fun.) I don’t know how I did it, but I found Dean Wesley Smith’s web site, and by extension, his series called Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing. It’s full of great stuff! Which is both good and bad.

  • It was good, in that it got me fired up and rarin’ to go, when my writing quota was off the pace for the week.

  • But it was bad, in that I got addicted to motivation and head-nodding insights rather than, you know, writing. Not blaming him.

My solution was to open up a few pages of interest as separate browser tabs, read each one, and close them as I went along. When I found myself totally in rabbit hole mode, I closed all tabs but the article I was reading so when it was gone, my reason for not getting writing done was gone.

I’m a fool for motivational stories, especially underdogs. And I think it’s fair to say we all have our own ways of getting fired up to get things done, or reach deep down and find that extra fire, or whatever it takes, but if your productivity equation looks like this…

MOTIVATION > GETTING ACTUAL STUFF DONE

…there’s a huge problem.

Transparency time: I have a very aggressive release schedule planned for 2018. It might be utterly impossible, or people may be astounded at my output in such a relatively short amount of time. This is partly due to having 2 manuscripts near ready to process as eBooks/POD paperbacks, and 3 more in initial draft status. I have learned that I am capable of producing 80,000-word drafts in about 8 weeks. 8 x 6 = 48, leaving 4 weeks of free time. (Ha, ha.)

Whether I release 6 titles or 1, absolutely none of it is going to get done unless I get it done.

That’s really all the motivation I should need, right?

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