Today you’re going to go for quantity, not quality. Don’t deliberately write bad stuff, but don’t fret about it! This is an exercise in writing, simply for the act of writing. The end product is less important that the time that you spend doing the work.
For this week’s Thursday Writing Prompt, you will set a timer for ten minutes and just start writing. Don’t stop until the timer goes off. It’s best to do this exercise somewhere where you won’t be interrupted. If you have a private space that’s good, but even a coffee shop will be fine as long as you can blend into the scenery and write undisturbed. If you’re working at home, don’t get sidetracked into writing notes for things that you need to do later, feeding the dog, fixing the screen door, or starting the laundry. Do not worry about those things right now. They’ll wait. This exercise is about focusing on the task at hand, and you can’t do that if you’re trying to jump start a dozen household chores at the same time.
This writing session will act as a warm-up so that you can rid yourself of the excuse that you haven’t written anything today. Sometimes it’s hard just to start writing, and perfectionism freeze a writer solid. Don’t give in to inaction: write anything, even if it’s just “I don’t know what to write” over and over again. You’re not aiming to write a story or poem. Just write whatever comes into your mind.
The ten-minute writing session is a good exercise to do on a daily basis to help get the creative juices flowing. If you like daily exercises, I recommend that you check out Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way for more inspiration. Even five minutes of writing can be helpful if you’re short on time. Consistency is key, and developing a routine can really put you in the mood for writing. Some writers find that keeping a writer’s journal is very helpful. You can keep one journal for ideas and one journal for writing exercises, or just jumble everything together. It’s up to you. But now, set your timer and get to work!