Stupid blank page
Of late, that blankity-blank blank page has been mocking me.
I have a fabulous idea for a story or a scene in my current WIP, then POOF the mind goes blank when I sit at the computer, pull up my tablet, or put pen to page.
So, I decided to ‘hack’ myself. Instead of planning on a word count per day I gave myself 20 minutes to write. I set the timer on my browser (Chrome has several apps) or phone, closed my eyes (better flow for me), and I went to town.
I found I averaged between 700-850 words per block of time. Not to put a jinx on it, but it’s working for me.
For the more educated, this is really just a take on the Pomodoro Technique. Set chunk of time (25 minutes), followed by a 3-5 minute break. Rinse, lather, and repeat.
That block of time is like Melinda Mae eating that whale – one bite at a time. For me, 20 minutes is long enough to complete a chunk of writing while not getting overwhelmed. If I exceed my block of time – no problem.
I can say I want to write 10,000 words a day, but that isn’t going to happen, Frankly, I’ll freak myself out and make my life miserable trying to eke out the time to do so. I want to set myself up for success. Setting unreasonable goals will give me a serious case of writer’s block every time.
This is how I intend to be successful, what’s yours?