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.