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The Productive Writer
|The Productive Writer
Tips & Tools to Help You Write More, Stress Less, & Create Success
By Sage Cohen
Writer's Digest Books, 2010
Get Your Writing Career Organized in 2014 With the Help of The Productive Writer
Reviewed by Harry S. Chou - December 23, 2013
Writers, especially novice writers, don't want to think in terms of productivity. They are concerned with discovering their muse, tending to their creative side, and, for many, writing when the urge hits them. However, if you want to become a professional writer, i.e., you want to earn your living by writing - then productivity is a term that you must become intimately acquainted with. As a professional writer you will face a myriad of deadlines that you will need to produce in order to earn, and most importantly for new writers, you need to produce a fairly substantial body of work to become proficient in your chosen profession.
Productivity goes along with the ofttimes heard mantra that if you want to be a 'writer' then you need to write every day. Developing the discipline to write every day is akin to developing a muscle. You must work at it diligently, and by doing so you will develop 'muscle memory' and you will find that writing every day will become as natural to you as eating your evening meal. Just as with developing your muscle strength, learning how to organize your writing life so that you are working at your most productive levels will take some work, and a little training. But you are not alone. Numerous tips and tricks, which you will find helpful in developing your productive muscles, are delineated in Sage Cohen's inspirational and practical book, The Productive Writer: Tips & Tools to Help You Write More, Stress Less, & Create Success
One of the most appealing elements in The Productive Writer is that Cohen does not present a one size fits all template for productivity. Rather she explains different techniques and strategies that may help you become a productive writer or to improve your productivity level. Throughout, she is clear that what might work for one person might not work another and that you need to try out different strategies until you discover one that is the best fit to your personality and writing style.
Along the way, Cohen provides essential tips on not only things such as scheduling and finding time to write, but also on the technical aspects of revising, editing, and marketing your work, as well as dealing with the inevitable rejection slips that you will receive. She also provides lavish dose of motivation that will help spur you to follow your dream and become the writer you always wanted to become.
Organized into twenty short chapters, The Productive Writer is a quick book to read, but the information contained within its pages will last you a lifetime. Throughout the book you will find web addresses that lead you to locations where you can download several different worksheets (in PDF format) related the book. These worksheets run the range from a 'Productive Promotion Checklist Template' and a 'Sample Social Media Game Plan' to a 'Your Platform at a Glance' and a 'Sample Weekly Schedules' for both part-time and full-time Writers. The collection of information contained in this book turns it into a handy guide that you are likely to find yourself turning to time and time again. The only downside to this otherwise outstanding book is that the print is extremely tiny. While this will not be a problem for many, for those of use with 'tired' eyes, you might want to consider getting a copy of the eBook version of this book so you can (hopefully) increase the print size over that of the printed edition.
If you've always wanted to become a writer, or if you are looking for ways to increase your Productivity and advance your career, don't let 2014 pass you by. Take a look at The Productive Writer and see how you can improve your productivity levels, while also improving your craft. No matter what stage you are in your career, you are likely to find some helpful tips in this handy guide.
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