Kevin J. Anderson - How to Increase your Productivity

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Kevin J. Anderson - How to Increase your Productivity

Postby Brad R. Torgersen » Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:49 am

Kevin J. Anderson wanted me to post this for all WOTF entrants, as well as current and past winners.

http://tinyurl.com/24z9nt8

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Re: Kevin J. Anderson - How to Increase your Productivity

Postby Harion » Fri Oct 14, 2011 2:23 pm

the link brings me to a page that shows this

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<pubDate>Thu, 11 Nov 2010 03:15:28 GMT</pubDate>
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</rss>


some help here pls?
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Re: Kevin J. Anderson - How to Increase your Productivity

Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Fri Oct 14, 2011 2:54 pm

Harion wrote:some help here pls?


It's an RSS feed. Maybe you're not set up for those?

I went to the feed and got the link to the audio.
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:06 pm

OK, I listened to it. REALLY good advice; but be warned, you'll need about an hour to listen to it all.
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Re: Kevin J. Anderson - How to Increase your Productivity

Postby Harion » Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:30 pm

thanks martin. i noticed this is an itunes podcast version so i was wondering where i could find this in the app store.
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Postby Serrain » Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:43 pm

Good stuff!
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Postby DavidK » Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:25 am

Thanks Brad, for the post. 1Hr 11 minutes of Kevin J. Anderson at his best. I've met him a couple of years back, when he traveled out (to my part of Oz), and it was a trek for he and Rebecca. He's great! And such good and inspirational advice. I have to say I never tire of hearing him speak! Off to write wotf008.
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Postby DavidK » Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:27 am

DavidK wrote:1Hr 11 minutes of Kevin J. Anderson at his best.
And one could argue I should have spent the time writing instead of listening to someone tell me to write... but that's another story!
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Re: Kevin J. Anderson - How to Increase your Productivity

Postby wellsdesigned » Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:37 am

The cynic in me says the way to increase productivity would be to :
quit your day job / school
get a divorce
crush your cell phone
and move to an island
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Re: Kevin J. Anderson - How to Increase your Productivity

Postby katsincommand » Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:14 am

Sure you could write all day, but a) you'd be lonely and miserable and b) have no one to brainstorm with you and c) have no one to read your stuff.

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Postby kyle » Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:23 pm

wellsdesigned wrote:The cynic in me says the way to increase productivity would be to :
quit your day job / school
get a divorce
crush your cell phone
and move to an island
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Re: Kevin J. Anderson - How to Increase your Productivity

Postby wellsdesigned » Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:57 am

katsincommand wrote:Sure you could write all day, but a) you'd be lonely and miserable and b) have no one to brainstorm with you and c) have no one to read your stuff.
:-)


I agree so that's while I'll stay married and gainfully employed and my writing will have to rely on focused determination for increased productivity.

Oh, and my wife would be totally on board with the island idea right now if it wasn't for our two kids who need playmates their own age; and of course, they can be both a distraction to writing and an inspiration, so you take the good with the not so good.

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Re: Kevin J. Anderson - How to Increase your Productivity

Postby izanobu » Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:22 pm

katsincommand wrote:Sure you could write all day, but a) you'd be lonely and miserable and b) have no one to brainstorm with you and c) have no one to read your stuff.

:-)


That's what marriage is FOR wotf011

No, seriously. I write all day (or could if I had discipline). My husband reads almost everything I write (he's the Tabitha to my Stephen, right? right?) and he brainstorms with me when I need it. I also have friends who read stuff when I need them to and listen to my crazy ideas (one is my tech guy, he vets nutty SF ideas for me and helps me do the complex math stuff when I'm writing that kind of SF).

The point is, you don't have to write all day to be productive. Or to not have a life. A page a day will get you a novel in a year. Two pages= two novels. Write four pages a day (about 1k words) and you'll be considered super prolific at four novels in a year. The key is consistency, not writing like a maniac in your parent's basement as your beard grows out to the floor. Get rid of the excuses (like "I won't have friends if I take a little time to write each day") and do the work. That's what Anderson is saying. wotf008

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Postby MJNL » Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:32 pm

I'm a rather less disciplined (and thus, prolific) version of the above...
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Postby Patty » Fri Oct 28, 2011 8:53 pm

Banish the tv from the house. There's nothing on there except BS anyway. Buy/borrow DVDs with your favourite series. Watch them when it suits you.
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Postby M.O.Muriel » Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:08 am

Thank god for advice from the pros. Yeah, Kevin is awesome. And pretty funny, too. When I first met him at the workshop last year (I was an illustrator winner then, mind you), before I even introduced myself, he, lol, knew who I was and proceeded to give me a litany of my entire back story, including OCKT and the fact that my hubs was in the military and had been on a MitT in Iraq. A bunch of us were in the Roosevelt lounge at the time, having a beer, and I just did the 'blink-blink,' looked at Keffy Kehrli, and we were both like: "It's the Spice! It's in the beer!" (Turns out, Kevin was one of the editors, aside from K. D., for Vol. 27, and had read everyone's bios wotf019 ).

Yeah, all those Star Wars and Dune books; he's one of my childhood heroes. And to think, he used to enter WotF, but proed out before winning wotf007 . I could never be anywhere as prolific a writer as he is, with my family revolving around the hub's military career (Ooh-Rah!), and kids, and craziness. But what Izanobu said is absolutely right. 100%. It's the only way I finish novels on a deadline: plodding on. Some writers are hung up on how many words they write in a sitting. To me, it's not about how many words; it's about the quality of those words and how often those words find their way onto paper (or computer). Some of us do "a lot" of our writing (or at least plotting) in our heads before pen goes to paper. But as long as there is consistency, you're doing good. So far a 50K Middle-Grade novel will generally take me 6 months. With interior illustration, 8 months. A 130K adult sci-fi/fantasy = a solid year. So, that may only = a few hundred words a day at best, but the job gets done.

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Re: Kevin J. Anderson - How to Increase your Productivity

Postby MollyNMoss » Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:24 pm

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:
Harion wrote:some help here pls?


It's an RSS feed. Maybe you're not set up for those?

I went to the feed and got the link to the audio.



I'm set up for RSS feeds, but get the same HTML gibberish Harion got when I follow the link. Probably can't listen to the podcast because I don't have an iPod or whatever. Does anyone know another way to access the tips? wotf021

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Re: Kevin J. Anderson - How to Increase your Productivity

Postby s_c_baker » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:19 pm

MollyNMoss wrote:
Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:
Harion wrote:some help here pls?


It's an RSS feed. Maybe you're not set up for those?

I went to the feed and got the link to the audio.



I'm set up for RSS feeds, but get the same HTML gibberish Harion got when I follow the link. Probably can't listen to the podcast because I don't have an iPod or whatever. Does anyone know another way to access the tips? wotf021

Molly, it's just an MP3 file, so save that link Martin provide to your computer and open it up with whatever MP3 player you use, and you should be good to go. :)
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Re: Kevin J. Anderson - How to Increase your Productivity

Postby Gary Davis » Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:37 pm

when I was working I put in an half hour or so before getting to work to produce. my boss provided me a word processor because I was always griping that I didn't have a computer, bless his soul. by the time it came for me to fold my tent and steal away I had put in something like 60k words of imperfect story, the point being that with just a scanty few minutes of effort a day wonders are possible. now by the time I get round to submit, after uncluttering things, it should be ready to go. by this time I have spawned incredibly and the time has come to start finishing things and not starting more and more. It will never happen. discipline-discipline-discipline!
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