Writing Lite Tip 32: Write new material for 45 uninterrupted minutes a day

Writing Lite Tip 32 - Libby Hellmann

If you, like me, are a “reluctant” writer (one who can find a million things to do instead of writing), I have a suggestion. Set a timer for 45 minutes, and during that time, write new material. Don’t edit, don’t revise, don’t even go back over your material. And don’t answer emails, check your book rankings, or surf the net. Just write. 

Like Rule #31, the new material doesn’t have to be great. It doesn’t even have to be good. It just has to be “written.” At least partially. Btw, when that timer goes off, stop. Even if you’re in the middle of a sentence. The unfinished thought will, hopefully, keep your momentum flowing when you’re ready for the next 45 minute session. 

As the best procrastinator east of the Mississippi, I can attest to this technique. It’s the only way I’ve been able to write my last four novels.

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