Monday, August 03, 2009

weekly writing coach: one hour, just

Writer John Scalzi's blog offers up some simple logic about what it takes to get your writing done: Just an hour. And he suggests you start with cutting out an hour of TV (or whatever else is easy and gets in the way.) He estimates that a five-day-a-week hour can net you as much as 130,000 extra words a year. Best of all, the concept here is not to sacrifice what's important to get your writing done:

Don’t give up everything for your art. Just turn off the damn television for a bit (or put down that XBox controller, or stop staring unblinking at your RSS feed or whatever), and get yourself used to writing a bit every day. You’ll be surprised at how effective it turns out to be, and you’ll still have a job and loved ones at the end of it.

Of course, you don't need to be a novelist to do this. Try it for your work-related writing first. A hat tip to Joe Bonner for unearthing this bit of inspiration for the blog, once again.

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