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Replay of HTTS Q&A Live Writing Chat #5 — 3 Comments

  1. First of all I want to say terrific blog! I had a quick question in which
    I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to find out how you
    center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing.
    I’ve had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas
    out there. I do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes
    are wasted simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas
    or tips? Thanks!

    • I wrote with two kids in diapers, and had to fit writing time in between naps. There was no time to clear my head, or center, or anything else. Now, amazingly, I have even less time.

      So I set a timer for ten minutes, and write as many words as I can in that ten minutes. I don’t reread, don’t correct, don’t stop to fix spelling or typos or anything else. When the timer goes off, I either reset it, or go get some water and then come back and reset it. I write in as many ten-minute increments as I need to get my word-count for the day.

      The next day, I’ll do a brief re-read of the LAST page I wrote the previous day, just to get the voice back in my head, and in my first ten minutes I’ll do a little fixing of that. And then I move on to new pages and words.

      I do this until I’ve completed my first draft. I don’t do ANY revision (aside from that one warm-up page per day) until the story is finished.

  2. Hi Holly,
    I want to let you know that the Replay link I received via email isn’t working, but I managed to reach the webinar through the link you posted here.
    Can’t wait to watch it.

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