11 Tips to Increase Your Writing Productivity with Kevin J. Anderson

The Hyatt Embassy C–D at 4PM on Saturday was the panel to attend if you were interested in learning more how to be more productive with your writing. Kevin J. Anderson, international bestselling author with over 140 published books in 23 languages, demonstrated how we can make time to write.

  • Be prolific or starve. Writing one book a year makes it virtually impossible to pay the bills.
  • Being a part-time writer usually consists of the following formula:
  • One to two hours a night, a few hours on the weekends
  • This adds up to about ten hours a week or 520 hours a year.
  • Being a full-time writer usually consists of the following formula:
  • Eight hours a day, seven days a week

This means (if you used the above part-time formula) that you can write 520 hours in nine weeks. Obviously, to be prolific, you need to keep writing.

Fast writing does not mean bad writing. Dumas, Dickens, and Verne were very prolific. A Christmas Carol was written in six weeks. A Clockwork Orange was written in three weeks. Fahrenheit 451 was written in nine days.

Here are the 11 tips:

  1. Shut up and write
  2. Defy the empty page
  3. Dare to be bad (at first)
  4. Know the difference between writing and editing
  5. Use every minute
  6. Set goals for yourself and stick to them
  7. Work on different projects at the same time
  8. Create your best writing environment
  9. Think outside your keyboard
  10. Get inspired
  11. Know when to stop

Bottom line is to submit. You can’t be published if you don’t send your work out for publication.

Authors of the article

Award-winning author Amanda Faith may have been raised in Dayton, but her heart and home is in the South. With a lifelong love of teaching and writing, she had plenty of encouragement from teachers and friends along the way. Loving a good puzzle has always been a fascination, and writing gives her the outlet to put all the pieces together. Being adventurous and loving to try new things, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves in unusual situations. She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how they interact, taking them on journeys they would never have normally experienced. Her current adventure working as a high school English professor turned Media Specialist, writing, and doing paranormal investigations doesn’t slow her down from having a great time with a plethora of hobbies. Her published credits include several short stories, poetry, several journal articles, her doctoral dissertation, and her award-winning book Strength of Spirit. With multiple degrees, she has a passion for learning and exploring new venues. She is a staff writer for The Daily Dragon at Dragon Con. Check out her new website (www.amandafaith.net) or on Instagram (@dramandafaith)

Amy L. Herring (Louise Herring-Jones) writes speculative fiction, with a preference for historical fantasy and alternate mystery. Her stories, appearing in fourteen anthologies, include “The Poulterer’s Tale” in God Bless Us, Every One—Christmas Carols beyond Dickens (Voodoo Rumors Media, 2019). Amy is a NaNoWriMo co-municipal liaison. She also coordinates the Huntsville (Alabama) Literary Association’s writers’ group. Visit her online at http://www.louiseherring-jones.com.