Do you do Quickies?
“Uh oh, quick, say something funny or the people who clicked on this thinking they were going to get something saucy might get pissed and go away…”
Oh, the pressure, the pressure…
“Seriously, say something!”
Okay, I’ll get right to the point today since I don’t have much time. Are you able to take advantage of those short, quiet times in between your daily demands to....write? Can you be….creative on demand? Can you use those five, ten, fifteen minutes while you’re waiting to pick up your kids from school and….jot down the beginnings of a new scene? Can you….write on the train back and forth from work? Do you….compose in your head while you’re driving (safely, I hope!)?
“Oh yeah, adding those ….. in there really made that paragraph so ‘naughty’!”
Do you carry a notebook and pen around with you everywhere?
“Wow, that’s a sure way to let on how old you are! People can do that with their i . . . i . . . i-SomethingCools.”
Their i-SomethingCools? Now you’re not only showing your age but your ignorance as well!
“Ignorance? Umm…no, I’m using this as an example of how to write quickly. I’m not wasting time fact-checking something, I’m just spit-balling the ideas and getting them down as fast as I can. So there.”
Uh huh. Sure. Anyway, as I was saying – do you utilize that time to write? To move a project forward? Or do you need to wait until those large blocks of free time open up and you can write for hours at a time?
But let’s be honest for a minute. How often do those large blocks of time present themselves?
Do you think about writing more than you actually write?
Not that thinking about a project is bad….heck, I like mulling over ideas throughout the day. Especially when I’m doing chores around the house. I mean, there’s nothing like cleaning the house to get the creative juices flowing. Writer’s block? Quick fix – figure out the one chore you absolutely HATE doing, and do it. Do it instead of staring at the blank computer screen. Want to write yet? No. Pick another dreaded chore and do it. Ready to write yet? I’ll bet you are!
“Maybe it only works for you because you really hate doing housework, you lazy bum!”
Lazy bum! I do my share of housework!
“Sure you do.”
Anyways, that’s why I included it as an example here. So others who read this blog can respond…or perhaps use it to break through their own writer’s block and take advantage of those short, quiet times throughout the day.
“Oh…look who thinks he’s being so helpful.”
Yeah, well, more than you.
“I was the one who came up with the title.”
And I was the one who just wrote over 500 words in 15 minutes.
“And if you had taken your own advice, you would have added a good page or two to your latest WIP.”
True, but I did get a much-needed blog entry finished in record time.
“Yeah, at least in this case being ‘quick’ was something to brag about.”
Good luck with your writing projects!