Monday, March 01, 2010

Write Fifteen Minutes a Day

I posted this on my creative writing page on my teacher website, but I went to the trouble of creating the links so I thought I'd share it here too. March starts today. Make this a goal. Why not?


Here's how Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak, Chains, Wintergirls and more, explains her WFMAD project posted on her blog: The rules are simple. In fact, they aren't even rules. They're more like guidelines, the Pirate Code of Writing.

1. Commit to write for 15 minutes a day for the entire month of August.
2. Just do it.

Seriously. That's all there is to it. You don't have to sign up anywhere, or meet minimum word count goals or complete a whole freaking novel in 30 days. (And obviously, you can do this ANY month... it doesn't have to be August) Just. Write. Every Day. This. Month. 15 Minutes.

Day 1 -- Dreams
Day 2 -- Photo Feelings
Day 3 -- Are You Hungry?
Day 4 -- It's in the Details
Day 5 -- Word Geekery
Day 6 -- Meet Your Character
Day 7 -- Shift the Point of View
Day 8 -- Blueberries with Laurie
Day 9 -- Daring to Dream Big
Day 10 -- Magic Phrase
Day 11 -- Choices
Day 12 -- Listening In
Day 13 -- Memory Maps
Day 14 -- Work in Progress Manipulation
Day 15 --Sin
Day 16 -- Snooping
Day 17 -- Take a Chance on Plot
Day 18 -- Sensory Overload
Day 19 --Planting and Harvesting
Day 20 -- Inked
Day 21 -- Secrets
Day 22 -- Showers of Words
Day 23 -- Howl
Day 24 -- I Remember
Day 25 -- Time Machine
Day 26 -- Once Upon a Time
Day 27 -- Talking Heads
Day 28 -- Movement = Story
Day 29 -- The Challenges of Color
Day 30 -- Signs
Day 31 -- Celebration and Reflection

If you want more, try her WFMAD project from 2008. Here's Day 1.

1 comment:

moonshinejunkyard said...

thank you. i'm totally trying this; i've been thinking i needed something to get me off my ass (so to speak) and do some writing each day. this will do the trick!


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