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Jun 21

Mischa Eliot

Prolific: A Non-Resolution

[pruh-lif-ik]

adjective

1.producing offspring, young, fruit, etc., abundantly; highly fruitful:a prolific pear tree.2.producing in large quantities or with great frequency; highly productive:a prolific writer.3.profusely productive or fruitful (often followed by in or of):a bequest prolific of litigations.4.characterized by abundant production:a prolific year for tomatoes.

A friend of mine told me that instead of making easy to break resolutions at the beginning of a new year, instead she chooses a word to help her focus on something she’d like to improve about herself, her work, and her life in general. When she told me about this I thought it was a great idea and jumped on the bandwagon.

Now, I couldn’t tell you what my word last year was because I don’t remember. However, this year the word “Prolific” popped into my head with fireworks and I snatched onto it like a hungry lion snatching the last bite.

It took me a few moments to even speak the word that had been summoned somewhere deep within my mind or tossed at me by my muse like a Frisbee. Sometimes, something hits me so hard that it takes me a few moments to remember what I had been saying or doing before it happens. Usually, it helps me grab the idea and squirrel it away if it’s about a story or it gets me kudos when it’s something interesting for work.

This time, I told her my friend the word that had come to me and she smiled, nodded, knowingly what it was about and why it was a good word. I chose Prolific because that’s how I want my writing to be. I want to be always writing. I want to have folders and pages of writing. I want finished items and I want items that I tear apart because they don’t work so I can build new things.

I chose this word to remind me every day that I should be writing. When I’m not writing, and I could be, my muse rings a bell or hits a gong and reminds me that I should be writing. It’s very nice of my muse to beat it into my head on occasion since I can be stubborn and lazy. I honestly couldn’t tell you without going back and checking each story and each blog post how many words I have written this year, which is a bad bad thing on my part. Most authors will keep a spreadsheet of the title, date the story was started, the word count goal, and how many words they wrote a day towards that goal. I did try doing this for myself, to show myself that I can do whatever I put my mind to.

Some days, I guess I just need to be lazy. For example, my ass should have been writing at the park or a cafe or at home. Instead I ended up playing FF13, which I haven’t played in months. Why? Because I had finished something and I felt the need to be lazy instead of jumping right into the next thing. It would have been better if I had done a couple of Zumba Core Fitness songs or gone for a long walk instead, but nope, I disregarded everything to be lazy.

It’s a bad cycle to fall into. I will know that I need to do dishes or sweep and mop, but I’ll put it off because I should be writing. I didn’t bother folding or hanging my laundry when it was done because I was busy, not writing though, I was busy reading. Reading should be a reward for me when I finish something, and I had, so I spent most of last night reading.

There are authors out there who are writing full-time. Just writing. That’s all they do. They write, they publish, they do a little marketing… and then they go right back to writing. They write a ten thousand word story a day or they write several super shorts a day. Sometimes they’ll write a novel a week – yes a whole novel – and hit publish. I would love to watch their process, to be honest. I would observe them like a scientist. They took this many bathroom breaks. They took their lunch at this time and ate this type of food and had this type of drink. They didn’t workout today but they worked out yesterday. They wrote this many words at this speed and then they switched to doing marketing for this item that they put out two days ago.

Thinking about the number of short stories, novelettes, and novels that some of these people put out under several pen names, on several platforms, is a little scary. I know many of them are probably doing something called ‘mirroring’ where you take a story and change the names, locations, and some of the situations and publish that as a new title. I’ve thought about this and I think the only thing that I would actually do is rewrite the Supervisor Sexcapades in First Person POV versus the Third Person POV that it’s currently in.

Yes, I want to write more. Yes, I want to be prolific and I want to make serious money at this. I love writing. I plan to submit to three different calls with hopes to spread a name around, either M. J. Spencer or Mischa Eliot, either at this point would do. I also plan to start writing erotic romance under the Misha Eliot pen name, I just have to do some first bare bones drafts to see if I have something there.

I know that I can do this to earn money to help pay for a vacation or eventually retire. I definitely plan to continue writing when I no longer have a full-time day job calling for my attention. However, I have gone up a little in reads and followers and writing more here on the blog. If I’m not writing a post or a Sizzling Nibble then I’m writing a short story. I try to be more prolific here. I try to share the wealth by inviting others into my space.

What are you working on? Have you figured out where you want it to go? What’s the latest thing you’ve published? Share a link in the comments so that others can find out what’s going on with you.

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