One of the sessions for the CWG online writing conference was called “How to Write a Book in 10 Minutes a Day.” This was one of my favorite sesson; although, I have to say, I loved them all. What I loved about this one is the full-on practicality of it.
Of course, as Karina pointed out, writing for 10 minutes isn’t ideal but in the real world there will probably be days when that is all you’ve got. Therefore, take advantage of those times. They add up, especially if you get in a few 10 minute sessions a day.
To make the most of those 10 minutes, Karina offers some great suggestions and one of those suggestions is to “learn to process while doing other things so when the time to write presents itself you can get straight to writing.”
I love this suggestion! Usually when I am not writing my mind is buzzing with so many other things that writing gets pushed to the back. However, now I am trying to make a conscience effort to thing about my writing (particularly what I want to write) beforehand so that I don’t waste time when I have those free moments.
Some other suggestions for making the most of those 10 minutes are:
# Use a timer. (Funny, I use a timer for so many things but never thought to use it for my writing time!)
# Write by hand.
# Use index cards or a card style program.
The test of this 10 minutes a day suggestion came when things wonked out over the past few weeks. My husband broke his tailbone, my son got sick, and my father-in-law had a heart attack. I was doing a lot of running around and trying to homeschool and get some things done; however, I WAS able to get in some writing (albeit, no online writing).
I stuck a small notebook in my purse and pulled it out whenever I had a few minutes. Sometimes, I didn’t even have ten minutes, only five or three but I wrote something! Small steps get it done right? So, inspite of the crazyiness, I feel like I am making progress.
What about you? What suggestions do you have for making the most of your writing time (whether it be for 10 minutes or more – or less)? Do share in the comments.
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