This is the second writing exercise I have tried in as many days. The first one was about length. I wrote two handwritten pages. That was the goal. They were crap and ended up torn into tiny little pieces and tossed into a garbage can outside the Batavia Public Library. But, I met my goal.
Today’s exercise came from an article by Eric Zorn in the Chicago Tribune. This exercise focuses on time, specifically 10 minutes. Mr. Zorn told us that he tried to carve out a 30 minute block of time to work on a book in 2014 and failed. This coming year he has changed his goal to 10 minutes. He thought anyone could manage 10 minutes and over time that would become the floor. As I suspect most writers will acknowledge, getting started is the hardest part. Once you get going you might get in the flow and blow past the 10 minute mark. It’s certainly worth a try. It might work for yoga too. 10 minutes – surely I can carve 10 minutes out of my day to make my back feel better. 10 minutes of silent meditation would be good for me too. It should make my brain feel better and then maybe I would cut back on the bourbon. Uh-oh. Now I’m up to 30 minutes. But, if these activities are all done in 10 minute chunks, does that change things? It feels to me like it does. If so, it’s worth trying. I have a timer on my tablet, so there are no excuses; I have the technology.
Can I write anything worthwhile in 10 minutes? That remains to be seen. I can certainly start something worthwhile in 10 minutes, so therefore I shall.