Productivity Evaluation

Yesterday I decided to take inventory of how many stories I have ever written or started to write. That number, not counting the story I plan on starting next month, is 17. Out of that number, I have not finished two of them. So that means I have 15 finished projects, but they’re not “finished” as in fully polished and edited, they’re just “finished” in that one or two (or more) drafts are complete.

I started writing in 2004, which was my sophomore/junior year of high school. But since 2007, my productivity has been pretty consistent. My best writing year was 2010, during which I started and finished four projects and started another one that I finished in 2011. The only year I didn’t start anything new was 2006, and that was the year I graduated from high school and went to community college. It was also the year I was attempting to revise the first novel I had ever written, which I have since given up on. (Well, I might return to it – or some version of it – in the future. Who knows?)

So far, I realized that I need to step up my productivity for this year. I was going to skip out on NaNoWriMo this November, but I think I might actually change my mind and do it, especially since I have quite a few new ideas I’d like to try.

NaNoWriMo and other lovely programs from the Office of Letters and Light have helped with productivity immensely. It’s good to keep writing new things, because, quite honestly, revision and rewriting can get tedious and boring. It’s also good to reevaluate your own productivity from time to time, to see if you notice any trends or patterns. It’s helpful to know what keeps you writing, and also what keeps you from writing. And it’s also nice to see how the quality of your writing has improved and changed over the years.

6 thoughts on “Productivity Evaluation

  1. Great post Maggie. Finding the patterns in our productivity is so important. I can look back at various times of non-productivity and recognize quite easily the reasons why. It is more difficult to pinpoint the positive influences for consistent work. But it is so rewarding to see the volume of work increase along with its corresponding quality. Congrats on all your hard work.

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  2. That’s pretty impressive, I must say. Seventeen is a lot of projects.

    My productivity is not impressive, but I do see improvement in quality, and that’s the most important thing. And I have a much clearer idea of wat I’m doing than I used to, o that’s good.

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  3. Of course. It’s good to continue writing and refresh your mind with a new piece of writing every now and again to take of your mind off the ‘tedious’ revision. I also agree with you where you say that it’s good to see how you’ve progressed. great post 🙂

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  4. Good stuff. I’ve been looking at my own productivity in recent months and it is a really useful thing to do. I’ve also decided to go for November and do another draft as I managed it in April so can’t see any reason not to. Good luck with it.

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