10 minute freewrite

10 minute freewrite

Do you do this? Set the timer for 10 minutes and write?* I’ve been doing it at the start of every writing session, even if I’m only planning to revise old material, even if I’m working on something completely different. It’s like warming up before a workout, flexing the muscles.

Today I looked out the window and described what I saw.** It’s not high lyric poetry but it’s a scene, right? A mini-scene. A scenelet. And it only took me 10 minutes.

*Tip: plan to reward yourself when the timer goes off. Something small but worthwhile: another coffee, a little stroll down the hall, permission to check Twitter for 5 min.

**You may have noticed the spelling errors. I wrote this before my first coffee, so yeah.

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