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Prolific Writing 101: What is Prolific writing All About?
I’m Ryan J. Pelton, and really glad you’re here! Have you ever dreamed of writing a book, starting a blog, or building your own publishing business? Let’s take it further… have you ever dreamed of supplementing your income, or maybe, leave the 9-5 altogether, and support your family from your art alone? Then you’ve found the right place.
I’ve helped thousands of motivated writers, like yourself, find the inspiration and actionable steps to start side and full-time publishing businesses. I’m here to serve and help in any way possible. And by the way, that’s my approach. Share what’s working, don’t be afraid to reveal failures, remember writing is not a get-rich-quick scheme, work hard, and give more than I receive.
Hopefully that will come through on this blog and everything I do.
WHAT IS A PROLIFIC WRITER?
A down and dirty definition.
There is a lot of ideas and definitions of what defines a prolific writer. We could look at the prolific writers I interview every week on our podcast, or we could explore writers of the past who produced high volumes of work.
The dictionary defines prolific as:
“producing in large quantities or with great frequency; highly productive…” (dictionary.com)
The Prolific Writer is not hung up on how many articles and books they produce each year. Not obsessed with particular word count goals. They matter, but not in the bigger picture.
A Prolific Writer produces large quantities of work with frequency and with high productivity. This is not about faster typing speeds. Not about magical unicorn Muses. And not fancy software guaranteed to create more words.
It’s about more butt-time-in-the-chair. It’s about consistency, discipline, and a process for success.
Won’t that dilute the quality of the work, you ask? Nope. That’s why The Prolific Writer exists. Quantity is not the enemy of quality. They can hold hands. We have many examples from history:
Isaac Asimov wrote 400 books and essays.
Stephen King has written over 100 titles (novels and short stories).
Dean Wesley Smith is over 200 novels and 200 short stories.
Many theologians/pastors of old wrote hundreds of books, all before the invention of the computer.
I’ve interviewed some of the most prolific nonfiction and fiction authors on the planet. Some who write a book a month.
You see, many lies and myths have existed for too long in writing circles. Good intentioned teachers, friends, family, and professors preaching a message of discouragement toward the aspiring artist.
You have to rewrite your work to death, only good art takes years to make, and you better have an English or MFA degree if you want to be a true author.
We’ve become too precious with our art. Instead of writing the best book we can, polishing it, and sharing it with the world. We embrace the lies, rewrite for years, never ship our work, and never reach our writing goals.
I want to change this.
In my experience, the writing, publishing, and business landscape has changed. Writers can share their work directly to readers because of platforms like Amazon (KDP), iBooks, Draft2Digital, and Kobo. Websites and blogs give no-name authors a chance to reach audiences around the globe.
This doesn’t mean we don’t have to work hard. This doesn’t mean you don’t have to write good books, we’ll talk more about that on the site. Remember, this is not a get rich quick scheme. But I believe in the Prolific Writer philosophy because of a simple equation:
More time in the chair = more work to ship = more opportunities for building 1000 true fans = building a business with your art = more fun
I call it putting on our creative hard hats.
Maybe you want to write only one book. Maybe that’s on the bucket list. But I’m willing to bet you have more than one book in you. I will show you how. And, maybe if we dream a little, we might consider building a sustainable publishing business with your words leading the way. Sound good?
There’s lots to explore, and I can’t wait to dive in with you. Listen to these interviews on the podcast to see what’s possible with your words…
4 PROLIFIC WRITER INTERVIEWS WORTH LISTENING To…
What is possible?
TPW 033: DEAN WESLEY SMITH ON THE MYTHS OF WRITING AND PUBLISHING
TPW 014: AMANDA M. LEE ON WRITING TWO BOOKS A MONTH
TPW 064: JAKE BIBLE ON FOUR WEEKS TO A FINISHED NOVEL
TPW 034: THE PROLIFIC WRITER MANIFESTO (10 CONFESSIONS FOR BECOMING PROLIFIC)
WHAT WILL IT TAKE?
10 Confessions for the Prolific Writer
Call them confessions, principles, or mindset shifts. But these principles are essential for what it takes for a writer to produce at a prolific pace, grow in their craft, and build a business with their art.
1. I will talk and act like a writer
What is the difference between a pro and amateur writer? One writes… the other talks about it.
2. I will schedule my writing
I schedule everything else. What is my scheduled writing time? Keep it sacred.
3. I will find a tribe
We need a community of support to write for the long haul. Where are my peeps?
4. I will fight perfectionism and resistance
Perfection is like chasing unicorns. I will do my best and move on. Fight the fear at all costs.
5. I will finish what I start
No excuses. We write, publish, and repeat. Move to the next thing.
6. I will keep learning
Writers are readers and readers are learners. We will keep growing in the craft and business side of our art.
7. I will ship and share my work
Writing without sharing is like eating without tasting. We write to share our message with the world.
8. I will keep track
How will I know if I’m prolific? I keep tabs. Deadlines, word counts, and publishing schedules. How do I know if my business is growing, well, you get it.
9. I will take breaks
Creativity requires rest. I will take needed breaks to refuel my creative engine.
10. I will live
Writing is important. Living is too. I will invest in relationships, causes, and experiences.
THANKS FOR FOLLOWING ALONG!
You rock my face off!
I started TPW to give back to the writing community. So many people have helped me along in my writing and business journey. When I fell on my face, and still do, they were there to pick me up. I hope I can do the same.
I know the online space can be spammy and creepy, but I hope to change the tone. I want to be a guide and friend and be in your corner.
Share your stories, let me know how else I can help you. Tell me what I could do better. I’m not done learning and have much to gleam from you as well.
I do my best to respond to emails. I treat everyone fairly. And I’m just an ordinary guy who gets to be part of the lives of extraordinary writers, artists, and entrepreneurs, building a satisfying life with their words and art. Let’s get those words on the page!
Grace + Peace,
ryan j. pelton (aka: the prolific writer)