WELCOME TO THE PROLIFIC WRITER
Prolific Writing 101:
What is a prolific writer?
Glad you asked.
I’m Ryan J. Pelton, and really glad you stopped by! Have you ever dreamed of writing a book, starting a blog, or considered building your own publishing empire? Let’s take it further… have you ever dreamed of supplementing your income, or maybe, considered leaving the 9-5 altogether, while supporting your family on your writing alone?
Or, maybe, you’re the 81% of people that want to write a novel before they die, and only have aspirations of writing as a creative outlet, or hobby… no problem, you’ve come to the right place.
You see, before 2012, I never dreamed writing, publishing, and having thousands of people read my books, was ever possible. No one in a million years could’ve convinced me that by 2019 I’d have seventeen books in print (almost twenty by years end).
But I need to be honest. My productivity and success before 2012 was almost derailed because of myths and lies I held dear about the writing craft and publishing world. Things like: you can’t write fast and produce quality work. If you want to write a good novel it has to take years of labor and dozens of rewrites. Maybe you’ve heard this one: you have to have an English degree or MFA to be a good writer. And the best one of all, you can only be a true author and make money unless you have an agent and are traditionally published.
Ever heard this before? Maybe you too have drank the writing and publishing myth Kool Aid?
So I went on a quest to find the truth. Was it possible to have writing success despite not having the right degrees? Could I write and publish a book without the typical gatekeepers of traditional publishing? Was writing fast and often an enemy of quality? Or could a high clip of productivity and books people loved and enjoyed hold hands?
What I found shocked me. Not only were my initial assumptions correct, I learned the key to writing and publishing success was a common thread for most writers in history.
More writing = more practice = growing in our craft = better books = more work in the world = more opportunities to sell more books.
It’s that simple. The Prolific Writer, and prolific writing, is not a strange phenomenon for the chosen few. Most successful writers in the past, present, and into the future, were/are prolific.
So for the last three years, I’ve helped thousands of motivated writers, like yourself, find the inspiration and actionable steps to start side, and full-time publishing businesses. Breaking and busting up the awful myths of writing and publishing we’ve carried too long.
Before you call me a liar. Please listen to the interviews below. They’ll give you a taste of what’s possible…
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)
Who Are some Prolific Writers of the Past and Present?
Isaac Asimov wrote 500 books, short stories, plays, essays, and articles.
Barbara Cartland wrote 720 romance novels. Holds a record for writing two books a month for an entire year (23 novels).
Stephen King has written over 260+ titles ( 60+ novels, 200+ short stories, and multiple screenplays).
R.L. Stine has written hundreds of kid’s books and sold 350 million copies.
Dean Wesley Smith has written over 100 novels and 200 short stories, and is still going.
Many theologians/pastors of the past wrote hundreds of books long before the computer.
I could go on and on…
And we don’t have to look to the past to find these crazy prolific writers in our midst. I’ve personally interviewed some of the most prolific nonfiction and fiction authors on the planet. Some who write a book a month.
The myths must die…
You have stories to tell, I have stories to tell, and nothing is holding us back… except ourselves…
I want to change this. How?
WHAT WILL IT TAKE?
10 Confessions for the Prolific Writer
Call them confessions, principles, or mindset shifts. But these principles are essential 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. The best writers have something to say from their souls.
It starts with you saying: “I’m a writer.”
I started TPW to give back to the writing community. So many people have helped me along in my writing and publishing journey. When I fell on my face, and still do, the writing community continues to dust me off, and push me ahead. 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 I can help you. Tell me what I could do better. I’m not done learning and have much to gleam from you.
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)