Monday, September 17, 2012
Drop and give me 15!
I'm talking writing time. You know, those minutes that tick by while you're imagining just the right word or scene? The minutes that seem to disappear into cyber-space playing Facebook games or tweeting that you're going to start writing now, and then don't? Truth is, we don't get those moments back. And if you're too busy filling in your planner and to-do lists and never actually sitting you butt in the chair and placing your fingers on the keyboard, well, you're not making progress on your WIP - are you?
Over the past week, inside the Passionate Critters forum, we've been going over ways to be more productive. Ways to be more motivated to get those words on the page. And yes, ways to keep some of us (cough, cough) from procrastinating online.This is pretty much a September and January ritual with us!
So, this week I self-appointed myself as "keeper of the challenge whip" and I've challenged the girls to a "15x2" daily writing challenge. Surprisingly, there wasn't a whole lot of complaining or whining. I guess we were all due for a writing challenge.
Want to play along at home?
The rules are simple:
(1) Find 15 minutes in your daily schedule to write - twice. (Get up 15 minutes earlier and stay up 15 minutes later at night if you have too - really 15 minutes isn't too extreme!)
(2) No editing during that 15 minutes.
(3) No plotting during that 15 minutes.
(4) No spacing out - you MUST write for your 15 minutes!
Watch your word count go up, up, UP!
Of course, you're free to write at other times, your free to edit to your hearts content when that 15 minutes is up - but the idea is to let yourself go and write what's in your head for that uninterrupted 15 minutes - twice a day.
All it takes is a little commitment, a little dedication.
When you're done, if you think 15 push-ups is still called for - then please do 15 for me, because the thought of doing a push-up brings back High School nightmares that I'd rather NOT repeat anytime soon!