If you’ve been following the blog, you know that last week was my shift over from daily writing exercises into drafting mode. I wanted to write more, so I did the obvious thing: I scheduled more time to write. It worked, too! Actually, outside of the time itself (which, don’t get me wrong, is fantastic), having specific intervals of my day designated for writing makes a big difference. My brain recognizes the schedule now and dives right in, whereas before when I wrote at random hours, it took much longer to settle into the task.
I’ll grant you, I’m an organizer. I have several paper calendars and an electronic one (what? that’s normal). Still, I imagine having a regular writing time (or a couple, if you’re a full-time day-jobber like me) could be beneficial for most writers.
This week, the technique I’m adding to my bag o’ tricks is the write-in-short-bursts plan. This is pretty popular and well-known, but the idea seems pretty crazy to me. If, like me, you’re a sit-down-and-write-until-your-skull-cracks-open person, then you may have missed it too (or just think it’s weird). The basic premise is that you should take a lot of breaks. Like, write for 15-30 minutes, then walk around for 5 minutes. Rinse. Repeat. Healthy or whatever, but it’s a whole mentality change for me. Still, I’m looking forward to giving it a go. I’ve heard great things about it!