Monday morning. Grey, drizzly. I really love this time of year. It’s not that I don’t like the sun, or being warm, or not having to bother with coats, but when you fling open the curtains and see a wall of rain, then you know you won’t have to explain the desire to stay indoors and write, which is inexplicable anyway.

Set your timer for five minute intervals. When it rings, move on to the next topic. Don’t think too hard.

  • Things that are perfect*
  • Bananas
  • A morning ritual
  • Tinsel**
  • Going to Ikea

* by perfect I don’t mean flawless.

** This is my first Christmas reference. No eye rolling please.

25 minutes and you’re done!

The Rules

  1. 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.
  2. Keep going, especially if it’s difficult, but not if it will make you give up.
  3. After five minutes switch to the next topic (unless you are completely swept away by something).