Less Steps, More Time to Write. Writing Tip 28.

“You know that Pepperidge Farm bread, that stuff is fancy. That stuff is wrapped twice. You open it, and then it still ain’t open. That’s why I don’t buy it, I don’t need another step between me and toast.”

-Mitch Hedberg.

Less steps, more toast. I mean, more words written.

There are heartbreaking circumstances in any profession. In a writing career, one of them is too little unfettered time to write.

In an hour, a writer with a thoughtful plan can draft 1,000 words.

However, there are a lot of time-eaters that lead up to that hour, and then time to write may end up frittered away with necessary preparation.

The good news? Most of those necessary time-eaters can be taken care of in five to ten minute intervals, which can be much more easily slotted into a busy day.

Here are 4 useful tasks that may be worked into 5- or 10-minute time slots.

  1. Outline the next scene, or the character arcs.
  2. Write taglines and elevator pitches for the book as a whole.
  3. List 10 ways the next turning point might occur.
  4. Devise a central image for the next scene.

With these steps taken outside of drafting time, that peaceful drafting hour, when it finally arrives, can really get a writer somewhere fantastic. Time to write is treasure.

I hope you’ll have another great week in your writing career. Cheers Mel.

Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries was long listed for the 2018 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and won the May 2018 Literary Titan Book Award. Thanks for that, lovely to hear.

Mel Anastasiou writes The Fairmount Manor Mysteries series, starring Mrs Stella Ryman, The Hertfordshire Pub Mysteries series, starring Spencer Stevens, and the Monument Studio Mysteries starring Frankie Ray. She is a founding editor of Pulp Literature Press.

 

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