Following on from Arthur Hepplewhite, if you want to you can use practice time to get to know your characters. Whether you’re working on something long or short, it never hurts to know more about the pretend people in your head. How would they react to a certain animal? What childhood things, real or imagined, do they carry with them?
Set your timer for five minute intervals. When it rings, move on to the next topic. Don’t think too hard.
- buying flowers for someone
- Tell me about a favourite toy. What happened to it?
- Dealing with ants
- Car maintenance
25 minutes and you’re done!
- Write whatever you like prompted by each practice topic – fiction, non fiction, gobbledegook. It doesn’t matter, because these words are not “official”. Write without over-thinking, or stopping.
- Keep going, especially if it’s difficult, but not if it will make you give up.
- After five minutes switch to the next topic (unless you are completely swept away by something).