Hello, my loves.
If you’re anything like me, you struggle sitting down to write every day. Whether it’s writer’s block, life getting in the way, work, kids, pets, lethargy, or the dreaded fear, there’s something keeping you from your keyboard. It’s an awful feeling to know that you want to write. You love to write. But you’re just not writing.
I’m here to save the day. Kind of.
Tomorrow is May 1st, spring is in the air, and for once, the bleak, depressing darkness of winter is peeling away. The perfect time for a new beginning (and we all need one now and then, that’s for sure).
Sit down and commit yourself to at least ten minutes of writing every single day. Just ten minutes. Sit down, set a kitchen timer, and work on one of your current writing projects. It doesn’t have to be one single project, you can break it up over anything you happen to be working on, even if that means starting a new piece of flash fiction. This exercise is about progress, passion, and putting forth the effort even when you’re not feeling your best.
If you feel like doing more (or simply just want to make use of available time)? FANTASTIC! Write as much as you can for as long as you can! Feed on the creative flow!
- You have to put in a minimum of 10 minutes per day for the entire 31 days of May. If you have to break it up into five minutes here and five minutes there, go for it! The point is, you’re getting your ten minutes done!
- ‘Progress’ doesn’t just mean ‘writing.’ If your novel is in dire need of character sheets and an outline, work it for ten minutes! If you haven’t started an outline for your novels and just want to brainstorm, try cluster mapping, listing, or just scribbling ideas. Free-writing your ideas opens you up to a lot of possibilities that might not have been there if you over think it.
- Don’t limit yourself. If you have the time and creative flow to work more than ten minutes, keep going. What’s stopping you? Laziness is not allowed for those ten minutes, and getting on a roll can only help your work!
The rules are pretty simple and flexible. Make this project your project. It’s no NaNoWriMo, but in that stagnant place between Novembers, it’ll keep you moving. =P
- Create a log of your work. I plan on writing down what progress I made (even if I missed the 10-minute-mark. Nobody’s perfect) in each 10-minute interval, and posting a weekly progress report on my blog. Join me? =]
- Recruit friends. I know it’s short notice, but starting late won’t kill anyone. And it’s not against the rules. =P
- Share bits of what you’ve worked on. Show us your progress! Photos of your cluster maps, writing space, hand-scrawled pages! Don’t be shy. This could also be a fun way to add to your blog. =P
- Link me to any posts you make about this challenge! I’d love to showcase your work in my posts if it’s okay by the authors!
Bottom line, just have fun with this! We write because we love it. What’s holding you back?