My fingers fly when I'm having fun

By Katharine Swan On Thursday, September 22, 2011 At 11:09 AM

I didn't add nearly 5,000 words to my manuscript yesterday, but I didn't do too badly, either: 2,702 in just an hour and 45 minutes.  Between that and some work on my blogs, I had a moderately productive day.

It just goes to show how productive I can be when I'm enjoying my work.  I mean, that's more than 1,500 words an hour!  Pretty fast when you consider that I'm creating something.

In the past, I've blogged a lot about burnout, and procrastination, and other productivity problems that plague me.  What if the answer, all along, was to find something I enjoyed more than what I was doing?  Not that it necessarily has to be fiction, but I think there's something to be said for the idea that procrastination is a sign that you don't like your work.

In any case, I'm finding that I enjoy my current balance quite a bit.  Part client work, part novel writing.  I know that there will be times where I'll be doing mostly client work because of upcoming deadlines, or mostly working on my novel because I don't have much client work at the moment — and that's fine.  I just hope I can maintain the balance — and my new outlook — over the long term!

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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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