I aloof glanced at the clock. 7:35 am. That leaves me ten, maybe fifteen minutes to inscription before it’s age for me to head for my day action. What can I possibly accomplish in so babyish age?
A lot, as it turns out. My current timetable alone permits me to devote snippets of age to my affection, my accurate vocation. On some days, despairingly, I spend those precious moments staring helplessly at a blinking cursor, or with pen in frozen hand; on others, my fingers fly across the keyboard and words arise almost effortlessly across the screen. What makes the aberration between writer’s block and productivity?
The aberration lies in how I spend my age away from the keyboard. At assignment, while driving, or when captivating a shower. Sitting in the waiting room of a doctor’s office, standing in a grocery store check out line, working out. When I spend all of this non-writing age thinking about non-writing stuff–my bills, my to-accomplish list, a misunderstanding with a co-worker or whatever–I acquisition that I am not prepared to inscription when those brief, precious age slots for writing alter to available.
But when I statement non-writing age to anticipate about writing–to brainstorm ideas, actively listen to conversations around me, consciously apprehension the details of the room I’m in, the person I’m with or how I am truly action at any accustomed moment–I come to my tiny slivers of writing age equipped statement them able-bodied.
Booty this morning, for archetype. Rather than daydream or anguish or fret during my shower, I decided to buzz myself the catechism, “What can I inscription about today?” I had aloof polished and submitted two short articles to a trade magazine the day before, and was faced with the animal prospect of staring at a blank screen. What would I put there when the moment came? Ah, I anticipation, I haven’t written an article about writing in a while, and accept nearly two weeks before my abutting affair–could I alpha a advanced one today? About what? What would actuate, inspire and/or inform my readers? Maybe abounding of them again face full days that allowance alone short, scattered opportunities to inscription. What can I acquaint them?
Hence, the aboriginal several paragraphs of this actual article. And the fulfilment of alive that, subsequent in the day or early the abutting, I can pick up where I left off–no blank screen staring back at me.
Accept me, these 10-to-15 minute age slots for writing add up. In three to four days, you can accept the aboriginal draft of a 500-800 chat article, one or two affair letters, a book outline, a scene for your book, or several greeting card sentiments. Over the following few days, you can polish them. Submit them to adapted markets when they’re ready to action. Grin with a sense of accomplishment. Then alpha the entire action all over again.
I am completing this article during a 30-minute stint on a Saturday morning, a week before my abutting affair goes out. I’ll accept plenty of age to edit and advance it over the abutting few days, by which age I’ll accept other projects started as able-bodied.
I appetite you not to statement “being too active” as an excuse not to inscription, and not to amuse published. Certainly you may accept alone precious moments to spend at your keyboard. Come to those moments consistently prepared, analog analog watch those moments add up and those projects booty shape, and your writing air castle will come accurate.
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This article was posted on February 14, 2005
Originall posted January 11, 2012