I've become a fifteen minute writer. How did that happen?
I needed a daily writing habit. Something that would fit into my busy life, something that didn't make me feel overwhelmed at the thought of starting. I'd heard mutterings about writers that wrote for fifteen minutes at a time, but I'd dismissed the idea as silly, and what was I going to achieve in just fifteen minutes anyway?
Actually, you'd be amazed at what is possible.
In fifteen minutes I can write a fully formed 150 word piece of flash fiction, okay it will need a an edit, but, it can be done in another couple of fifteen minute slots at most. I can start a blog post, and sort out an image to go with it. I can probably come up with a decent title for it too.
I can rewrite a couple of novel paragraphs, sometimes a whole page. I can start a character profile, draw a mind map of my next chapter, or make a list of things I need to include in the next scene.
I'd like to encourage you to try it if you're struggling with procrastination, or if you genuinely think you're too busy to write your novel, or a short story, or enter a writing competition. If you have a goal, dream or desire to write, this is a good way to do it. What's more it can be slotted into daily life.
The best news is that it doesn't just apply to writing, try decluttering a room for fifteen minutes. Or tackling the household chores. it really makes a difference and after a few sessions you begin to see the benefits, and how you can be effective.
What can you do in fifteen minutes?
How Did My Writing Week Go?
Not so well, my ear infection crept back, and made me feel really poorly, so I've been taking it easy.
I did some writing, a blog post, and also listened to podcasts on writing from The Creative Penn to keep me inspired and motivated.
Other Stuff I Did
Re-invented myself with a new hairstyle.
New Lippy to go with the new look.
Booked a break in Wales for later in the year.
Ate too much chocolate.
Plans For The Week Ahead
To rest and recover.
How was your week, and what are your plans?