#WriteFridays Exercise 24

Good morning, Friday writers! (Or really, any-day-of-the-week writers…) It’s been a crazy week, without much writing going on. Which, if you think of yourself as a writer, is kind of the opposite of what you what to have happen. Especially with NaNoWriMo right around the corner. So, these are less writing prompts than a challenge to help you get some words on paper and generate some momentum.

Exercise 24: Writing in naturally timed breaks. Sometimes it helps to sit down and sprint with a clock timer or maybe setting your phone to 20 or 30 minutes. But throughout the day, or evening, or whenever you’re doing what you do, there tends to be moments where you find yourself waiting. Maybe during commercial breaks while you’re watching The Blacklist. Or surfing Facebook while waiting for water to boil. Or perhaps … well, you get the idea. If you have a moment and recognize that you could be using it to write–do so.

One thing that helps me is to open my laptop or notebook and set it up someplace where I typically am present when puttering around the house or settling into my evening routine. That way, when I find myself reaching for my phone to see what’s happening on social media, I can instead reach for the laptop to try to put down a few words. I challenge you to take today, tomorrow, whenever, to start making the choice to get the writing out in that natural pause.

Naptimes are also good writing times! Happy writing.

Naptimes are also good writing times! Happy writing.

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