Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
Yesterday, my friend
Determine your minimum writing block and plan your time accordingly. Some folks can’t write unless they have a full three hours. Other writers can get productive work done in 20 minute chunks.
This rule resonated for me. A lot. When I was working my day job, I wrote in the mornings, before I went into the office. All too often, I got caught up in answering emails, making blog posts, playing Spider Solitaire, and otherwise not writing. I generally came to my senses about half an hour before I needed to leave the house. Then, I would write like a fiend, often tossing off one or two thousand words in that block of time.
I wrote eight novels that way.
(OK, in the interest of full disclosure, I also did Writing Marathons – taking a week of vacation from the day job and churning out 35K words, under pain of irrevocable disappointment for having lost otherwise perfectly good vacation days.)
My writing habits have changed now, and I tend to spent two- or three-hour chunks in my chair. But I still know that I can get meaningful work done in half an hour (or, to be truthful, in fifteen minutes.)
So? How about you? What’s the minimal amount of time that’s "worthwhile" for you to start writing? Do you feel the same way about reading?
Mindy, pleased with today’s marathon session, which yielded a full chapter that had been giving her untold trouble