Here’s a suggestion that will help you focus on increasing your productivity and excellence: Commit yourself to producing one unit of writing—a short story, an article, or a book chapter—every week. If it’s a story or article, submit that piece to the top market in the field. Keep doing this, week after week. At the end of one year, you will have generated fifty-two stories or articles—or, if you are writing chapters, the equivalent of one or two novels. If you are diligent, skilled, and persistent, you will have made some sales or you’ll have a novel ready to submit.