On Being a More Productive Writer

8 August, 2021

Over the last few months, a few friends (and a few helpful readers of a couple of my other online publishing projects) have been urging me to give a certain piece of software a try. Some of those folks insist that by embracing the tool in question, I’ll become a more productive writer.

The problem there is that I don’t need to become a more productive writer. I think I write enough. I write more than quite a bit each month — in my personal spaces, with the occasional freelance gigs I take on, and at The Day JobTM.

Actually, I think that I maybe write too much. Sometimes, I feel the need to scale back. Why? With several projects that I’ve kicked off over the years, I found that I don’t have the chops to do those projects justice. That I don’t have enough time to devote to those projects to do them justice. Worse, I don’t have the time or energy to develop the skills I need (assuming I can reach the level I believe that I need to reach).

Maybe it’s time to step back — either with the frequency at which I write and publish or with the number of projects I juggle or both. Just so I can gain those missing chops, so I can gain the time and the space in which to think more deeply about some what I write. To once again hear the stories clearly.

Scott Nesbitt