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!