Remember the first key in Product Time was to simply show up. The second key to making this work is to commit to no more than 15 minutes. I know. You are reading this with an unamused expression… “What can you get done in 15 minutes?” A lot. When you come into a constantly planned setting each day, 15 minutes is plenty of time to get things moving. Think about it in a very graphic way…most babies were started in under 15 minutes. Sad, but way too true. Argh.
Well, if that didn’t start your day off with either a groan or a giggle, I need to find a new hobby. HA! Now, remember, I am writing about magical minutes so that baby was magical. Yea, I need to stop this train of thought so let’s move on to why you are here. We are on page 79 of Around the Writer’s Block by Rosanne Bane. Get your favorite cuppa, a nibble or two and flip the page and follow along on this crazy journey.
Fifteen minutes seems like a short duration to get anything of value done. What you need to understand is you are to COMMIT to no more than 15 minutes for four to six days per week. Will more time happen, probably, but forcing it is a bad idea. Over time, 15 minutes each day adds up to more than nothing. As the saying goes, you can’t edit an empty page. Breaking through your block can be as easy as 15 minutes a day.
I used to think I had to complete an entire chapter each time I sat down at my computer. That is a lot of pressure, which would explain why I struggled. Now, a little at a time makes it easier. I host a critique group that meets once a month and we share a certain number of pages with each other. I would panic and struggle and barely make the deadline and even when I did it was evident, I battled to pull the story together on the paper. Now, 15 minutes at a time. Even these blogs stay under 15 minutes, which is why they are short and to the point.
Brain science states that the shorter time frame prevents your limbic system (left brain) from taking over. The 15-minute commitment will appease the left side long enough for the creative side to run free for a bit. We are looking for the window of least resistance. Think of how much you get done on your break at your 9-5 job. In 15 minutes, you hit the restroom, smoke ‘um if you got ‘um (You Should quit.), refill your cuppa, hit the vending machine to stock up on nibbles, chat with a friend, update Twitter-Facebook-Instagram-Tumblr, and plan dinner. 15 magical minutes can change your day.
I have an amazing friend (Heather)who uses her breaks and lunch at work to get words on paper. AND- she flat out writes some of the best Sherlock fan-fic I have ever read. This is her habit. Her Magic 15. If she can hand over 18 pages each month to our critique group…so can you.
It is now time for MY magical, wonderous, fabulously productive 15. When is yours?
Tell me…what are you writing? Have you scheduled your 15?
Until next time…stay tuned for Keeping the Commitment Small (pg 82)
Polish your sparkle and just keep twirling. Find joy. Be joy. Enjoy.
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I am...interesting. I am a writer, dreamer, mom, wife, veteran, friend, villain, and the wearer of many hats, but I don't look good in hats- go figure. I LOVE TO WRITE. I want to tell stories. I want to make you laugh, cry, and scare the crap out of you, and make you ask "why the hell did you do that?" I want to make you cheer my characters on or want to shake the crap out of them for things they say and/or do. I want to bring you along for the ride. Ready? Set?...READ!!!
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