Thursday, 11 April 2013
J is for - Just Ten Minutes
Just 10 minutes is all you need to kick start your writing. You'll quickly get into the habit of doing it everyday and it won't take much effort, after all even the busiest of us can squeeze a few minutes from our day.
I've done mine whilst waiting to collect my children from school, between appointments at the doctors and the dentist. I've also made the time special, by sitting in a nice cafe supping tea, and eating cake.
Write about anything, your day, or a scenario between two lovers, or strangers on a boat, in a bar, having an argument, whatever. Or choose a word and just write anything you associate with it, what ever comes to mind. It doesn't have to be perfect.
You could of course do those 10 minutes on a writing project you've already started?
Free writing unlocks the mind. If you've been struggling with getting going lately, this method could work for you, and give you the confidence you need, or you may just look up from the clock and realise you've written a blog post, or a piece of flash fiction, or a new story start, of course you may have also written well over your time too. Brilliant!
It also works pretty well for clearing clutter from the home. If you can't bear the thought of clearing a room of junk, just break it down into daily 10 minute chunks. I recently tried this, and did it every day when I came in from work before I got started doing anything else.
Amazingly, after two weeks, I had a half cleared room, a big bag of stuff for the bin, several boxes for the charity shop, and a good feeling, I had made progress on a job I'd been putting off for ages. Bit like some writing projects.
Go on, spend just 10 minutes - Let me know how you get on.
I'll be back tomorrow with the letter K.