We work on short timed sessions we call Freewriting, where we write and write and write for the designated period of time — then done. Of course, once we’ve written for 10, 20, or 30 minutes, we often find we could keep writing longer (and if we can, we do!).

Take a topic, a color, the first thing you see, your last dream….set a timer for 10, 20, or 30 minutes and write. Don’t let your pencil stop. Keep writing. The whole time: write, write, write.

I had a student who wrote: I don’t know what to write over and over two sessions. By the third session, he wrote that line once and then chose to continue writing his prose for a full 30 minutes.

The point is to practice. Keep moving. Keep writing. Don’t stop until the time is up. Keep writing if the story is good, but don’t let the pencil, pen, or writing implement stop moving.

Coffee, treats, and your favorite bakery helps. We spent a lot of time this month at the Flying Apron!

You are now a practicing writer. Congratulations!

What are you writing about? What keeps you going?


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