I’m always hesitant to use myself as an example of productivity. Sure, I’ve written books under some pretty extreme conditions. But then again, I’ve gone months without writing anything worth publishing in a book.
But a website called RescueTime featuring a program to help increase productivity conducted a study of writers who participated in NaNoWriMo. And they found several interesting characteristics shared by those who were most productive.
First, they found that over 30% of the top word-churners stopped to eat dinner.
Secondly, the most productive ones wrote most between nine p.m. and midnight.
Some wrote in marathon stretches of five hours – or more. (The longest one of their survey participants wrote was 10.48 hours. I say, “wimp.” I’ve written for 12 hours many times.)
And they limited social media when writing.
And most important to our NovelMatters community—they had a support group of other writers.
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