Hello Rebels, and welcome back to my life.
I wanted to share something with you today. This week, the second week of June 2015, has been my best writing week in two years, and by the end of the weekend, unless something really unexpected happens, it’s going to be my best writing week EVER.
In the last three days, I have written 50,000 words. 18,000 of those words were for Darkfire, the third book in the Nightblade Epic, which is going to be releasing soon, and the rest of the words were for Sean Platt from the Self Publishing Podcast and another writing partner I’m currently working with.
Now, 50,000 words may kind of sound impressive, but I want to give you some comparative data so you can understand exactly what this means.
50,000 words is approximately two thirds of the length of the first Harry Potter book, which is between 70,000 and 75,000 words long.
Obviously I’m not trying to say that I’m writing the next Harry Potter, but that’s just to give you a sense of scale.
Here’s something else to think about: As of today, from the first day I began writing my first book, I have been a writer for 918 days.
If I had been writing at my current level of production for that entire time, at this point in my writing career I would have written no less than 15,300,000 words.
For comparison, that’s as much as the entire Harry Potter books series, the entire Lord of the Rings books series, and the entire Twilight series—7 times over.
Now again I want to clarify, I’m not comparing my writing to those book series at all, I’m just using them because they’re very famous book series that most people sort of have an idea of.
However in the actual course of my writing career I have “only” written about 1,200,000 words, which is less than 10% of my potential if I’d been writing this much the whole time.
Now, obviously I can’t just write every single day all day. There is outlining, and editing, and all the other stuff that goes into a self-publishing career, but you can easily see how in the last two and a half years, I have not been quite as productive as I could have been.
What changed in the last week? Well, I attribute this jump in production to one thing, one single change I made that has really changed the way I produce as a writer.
I used to have a daily routine of waking up in the morning and immediately reaching for my phone or my iPad. While I got up and got dressed and brushed my teeth and made my coffee, I would be watching YouTube videos, or scanning Tumblr, or spending time on Twitter.
Then, whenever I was on one of my ten-minute writing breaks, I would break out the iPad or my phone again and get right back on the Internet.
My new policy I’ve adopted—and it seems to be working—is that I’m absolutely not allowed on the Internet for ANY reason until dinner time, when my writing for the day is done.
The only exception is my YouTube videos, which I make after writing my own work but before writing for other people, but that’s just filming and posting the video, I still don’t actually go on the Internet, not even to read comments.
This schedule has let me get five to six uninterrupted hours of writing in every single day, but more than that, it has made my writing faster and better.
When I take a writing break and I open up my phone to go on the Internet or check my email, I am taking in data and information. Whether it’s a video or text or pictures, I am taking in and absorbing data.
The human mind, or at least my mind, has this sort of inertia factor, and when you start taking in data, it’s an actual mental shift to stop doing that, and to turn around and start putting out creativity, like writing or making a video.
When I take a writing break now, with no phone or iPad to distract me, I spend my time actually LOOKING at things and THINKING about things, and in particular thinking about how I’m going to spend my next writing hour.
So when I sit down and write, my fingers are literally itching to go. More than half of my writing hours in the last three days have been just under, or a little bit OVER four thousand words in a single hour.
So that’s my productivity tip for the day. If you’re finding it hard to concentrate, or to work, or to put words down in your manuscript, stop what you’re doing, and turn off the outside world. Spend less time letting information speed in at you, and more time pushing creativity out of yourself.
Hopefully it helps you as much as it’s been helping me.
Thank you so much for watching, a special shoutout to my supporters on Patreon who make all of my YouTube endeavors possible (if you want to be one of those awesome and incredibly attractive people, click the link in the description) and I will see you tomorrow. Byyye!