Guest Post from Autumn Birt: Author Productivity

Today, I’m pleased to welcome back Autumn Birt who will share about author productivity and her new class regarding the subject. Please note, Autumn is giving away a free enrollment to her course – to win this prize today, please leave a comment to be entered regarding why this course would help you and/or what your biggest obstacle is. This is a subject I’m interested in since my time is often taken up by other activities. It’s very important to writers to lay claim to their creative productivity so please read on.

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Do you have limited writing time but big goals?

Are you a writer? If so, are you meeting your writing goals?

Writing is a passion, one usually cobbled together from stolen moments and highs of inspiration. But if you get the writing bug and you get it bad, finding enough time is often a source of frustration.

Why write more?

Because fans like to read more. That is my number one answer. I’m a reader as well as a writer. I’ve fallen in love with a series that I’ve stayed with for 3 years and am now anxiously awaiting the last book – which should come out in two years. That is a whole lot of anxious waiting! And let’s not talk about another story I love that currently exists as short stories spread across several e-zines and books. I have meticulously copied all of them to one spot. I am her number one fan. She has plans to write a book … someday. I want to cry.

Writing TimeSo yeah, keeping fans from becoming the frustrated and then jaded reader I am today is definitely a goal. When I was a teenager, a new book a year was acceptable. It still is, even though THAT was quite a while ago and long before ebooks. Now, a new book every six months is considered a professional target. More often is great. Fans want to be filled with anticipation – not angst.

And professional is the other reason to write and release more books, great books. Because let’s face it, if you have any hope of making a decent income from writing, one where you can potentially scale back that full time job to write, you either need to write and release more or have a really good retirement plan lined up. I’m not a teenager anymore, but I don’t want to wait that long to write full time!

So I committed myself to writing more and writing better because I not only love it, but want to make it a career. With a lot of trial and error, I developed seven key techniques and five writing tools that worked. How well? I wrote 4 ½ books in a year and they are the best I’ve written so far.

To be clear, I’m not talking about typing faster. Who cares how fast you typed a page if you end up deleting it? Meeting a writing goal of producing more novels in a year means creating a great story faster. And there are tips, tricks, and tools to do that. It is a paradigm shift to believe writing more in a limited time is achievable.

It is possible. I’m proof. But I want to be more than proof. I want to help other writers do the same thing. Seriously!

Writing time is a limited resource. Use it well.

I’m serious about teaching this to other authors. So serious that I’m launching a pilot class to not only teach the seven techniques and those five customizable tools, but also to work one-on-one with the students to make sure those same tactics work for them. Everyone is different and in a different situation. I want everyone to be successful.

Since this is a trial course with lots of coaching, enrollment is very limited. If you are interested in learning more please use the contact form below to get in touch with me. I’d love to talk to you! autumn.birt@gmail.com

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Short Bio

author picAutumn is a bestselling author in fantasy, epic fantasy, and war – not all on the same series though! She is the author of the epic fantasy, adventure trilogy on elemental magic, the Rise of the Fifth Order. Her newest series is Friends of my Enemy, a military dystopian/ dark fantasy tale laced with romance. Friends of my Enemy will be released in full in 2015 and will be quite the story full of strong characters, tight plots, and lots of action. Meanwhile, she is working on a new epic fantasy trilogy, Games of Fire, set in the same world as the Rise of the Fifth Order. If she stops goofing off and enjoying hobbies such as hiking, motorcycling, and kayaking, she may even be able to release the first book in 2015 too.

Stop by her website and blog to learn more about the worlds of her books at http://www.AutumnWriting.com. You can also find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Author.Autumn.Birt or more frequently on twitter @Weifarer.

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15 comments

  1. Time is the mind-killer, to misquote Frank Herbert…
    I’ve had a hell of a time this year after the death of my husband in mid March. However, there’s been some highs recently, but definitely NOT one of them is my woefully stalled WiP. Basically I started what I hope will be at least a trilogy of progressive sci-fantasy novels at the tail end of last year, and then, 5.000 words later, took a scheduled break to publish a friend’s latest novella, meaning to go back to it in February – which was when Pete fell ill after a minor op.
    No excuses, even for that, as my daily actual routine’s hardly changed at all, and getting the estate settled hasn’t been too traumatic (in fact it was a breeze as I’ve some professional experience in that field, so it was almost one of those ‘highs’ I mentioned) and I keep saying I’m going to get stuck into into the next 5,000 words ‘tomorrow’ – which never comes, because I always find something I can ‘prioritise’ ahead of it instead.
    So – I need the proverbial kick up the bum. Today I’m toying with the idea of doing a personalised mini NaNoWriMo as a challenge, but I’m already going into ‘distraction’ mode and surfing for Regional groups, so a training programme might be more of a solution – I’m definitely getting withdrawal symptoms so the need to write is there, it’s just the getting kick-started again 😮

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      1. I agree. Grief saps inspiration and creativity and even when much of life has found a new normal, can linger in impacting creativity. I think you need to plan a celebration when you finish those next 5,000 words, Jan! This is about overcoming a lot more than writer’s block.

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      2. Thanks both – I am being ‘gentle’ with myself mostly, but I know this is something I’ll enjoy doing once I get stuck in so I guess it’s a question of letting my frustration ride to the point where I can’t NOT get started 🙂
        Anyway – I think I’ll be emailing you soonish Autumn!

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