Personally, I'm trying to find a method for upping my own productivity. If any of you have nuggets of wisdom in this regard, please leave them in the comment area so we all can do more.
I do a lot of writing, but most of it happens to be non-fiction, and much of it is magazine work. If I were based in the States, I would probably be writing for True West and some of the western regional magazines. As it is, I write for inflights and I get assignments from Switzerland, of all places, to do articles for a publishing company there. And guess what? I make more money for a 1,500-word magazine article than I do for a Black Horse Western novel, considerably more.
Running off at the computer is not one of my strong points, either. I write fiction in longhand, in notebooks, usually an hour at a time, sometimes more, sometimes less. Works out to about 500 words in that time. OK. That means a novel of BHW length in about three months. But novels for Western Trail Blazer or Solstice are longer, or a good deal shorter. Then I do a little pulp work.
Back in the day, I would concentrate on one novel, start to finish. Then I kept reading where people would switch from one story to another, refreshing themselves. I tried that in 2012. Didn't improve my productivity. Made me frustrated because my books weren't getting done as fast. Maybe for me, one at a time is the better way. Start, middle, end--isn't that how a story is supposed to go? Hmmm. Maybe.
The exception is fantasy. The fantasy series I'm working on (four novellas out now) doesn't seem to interfere with my Western novels. The gumshoe I'm working on does. Go figure.
So. What's up for 2013? Two novels in progress. I think I will now finish up Diablo first. Then turn back to Yaqui Blood. Then on to a historical for Western Fictioneers. I'll do my refreshing with some fantasy and some pulp short stories. Also going to start doing .99 series of memoirs about the yacht I built in New Zealand a few years ago--the one I wrecked on the rocks of Great Barrier Island. Watch this. A yacht picture in a Western Fictioneers blog. Let's see what the comments about that are!!
Her name was Resolution.
Now. Come on. Tell us what you're going to do in 2013?
Charlie Whipple aka Chuck Tyrell