This one is for Sara…
I wasn’t going to stab him in the eye with a pencil.
Everyone: Look at the writing prompt. And write.
Beginner: Your job is to build stamina.
- Day 1: 5 minutes.
- Day 2: 7 minutes.
- Day 3: 9 minutes.
- Day 4: 11 minutes.
- Day 5: 13 minutes.
- Day 6: 15 minutes.
- Day 7: 15 minutes.
- Stay at 15 minutes for two or three weeks. Then, ramp it up.
Set a timer for 15 minutes. Write a SCENE: ensure the piece you’re writing has a beginning, middle, and an end that makes sense. If you’re not at the end when the times goes off… keep on writing.
Who needs a timer, right? Write to a natural stop… Subvert the prompt so that it serves your WIP or current writing project. Everything is source material, everything is a tool.
Advanced Plus: Practice EDGING.
You know what I mean.
And if you don’t… ask me.
Want more writing prompts?
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Find out more: mjanecolette.com/secrets
- How (and why) to work with writing prompts: M. Jane Colette’s short primer on this amazing censor-buster
- The first 30 or so Writing Prompts from the More Than A Guilty Pleasure Course