“I don't have the time to write a novel.”
This is the most common excuse I hear, followed by, “I have writer's block.”
I'm not going to tell you how to write your book. That's all on you, writer. Writers write, after all. If you aren't writing, you aren't a writer. End of story. Finis. Rocks fall, everybody dies.
In fifteen minutes, I can…
In fifteen minutes, people far cooler than me can…
15 isn't a huge number. An hour has 60 minutes. That's 4 sets of 15.
But, 15 minutes can make a difference. You can make someone smile. If you're an EMT, you can save lives — literally. There is a lot that can be accomplished in 15 minutes.
So, why can't you spend 15 minutes writing? If I can do this list of little but cool things, I can also sit my ass down and write words. They don't have to be good words, so long as I'm writing them. Sure, I can do other things with my 15 minutes, but I'm a writer.
What's your excuse?
This November, when you feel like 1,667 words is too much, remember what you can do with 15 minutes. It's amazing what can be done in such little time, if you sit down and make the effort to actually do it.
Sure, some might argue that writing for 15 minutes isn't nearly as important as jumping in an ambulance or police car and rushing to the scene of a 911 call. And really, I can't argue with that, because it's not nearly as important. But, the fact is, everyone can spare 15 minutes.
People just choose not to. It's much easier to make a 15 minute block of time than it is to make an hour-long block of time.
Take your 15 minutes when you can get them. It's amazing how quickly they add up. Use this to your advantage. Write — and plan — every free moment you have.
Make every minute count. November isn't nearly so intimidating when you work whenever you can instead of procrastinating.
And don't forget to slow down and hold the door for someone, while you're at it. Don't forget to smile, too.
A little kindness goes a long way.
As a warm up for November, get into the habit of setting aside 15 minutes whenever you can for creative work. In October, this means plotting, if you're a plotter. Pantsers can just think and germinate. Do what you do, so long as it's creative. Build the habit of working in October.
When the hammer falls in November, you'll be ready to make certain that your 15 minutes really make a difference.