15 Minutes: The Most Powerful 15 Minutes of Your Life

The most powerful 15 minutes of your life are the ones you spend doing what you’re here for, what you’re meant to do. I’m talking about your passion, your art, your way of touching the world.

Day 1: Okay, here’s the deal. Set the timer for 15 minutes. You don’t have a timer?! Go get one! Ready? Now set the timer for 15 minutes and look at your writing project. You don’t have a writing project? Then spend 15 minutes looking at a blank page. The object of this first 15 minutes is to get comfortable in the presence of your writing or the potential of your writing. Alright! That’s it for today. Tune in tomorrow for the next step.

Day 2: It’s tomorrow! Now today. Set your timer for 15 minutes. Look at your writing project and read the most recent paragraph, page or section that you wrote. Edit or rewrite it today. Only that. For those of you just starting a project–time to brainstorm. Start with a list or web of all the ideas that capture you right now. Write. Ding! Times up!

Day 3: All writers set your timer for 15 minutes. Today write non-stop. Do not stop. Do not collect $200.

A word about the time limitation. Yes, you can continue beyond the 15 minutes. But at first, only by a few minutes per day. If you’re eager to keep writing, that’s a good sign. That means that you’ll continue tomorrow.

The point of all this? To develop a daily writing habit. Call it a practice, call it a rabbit, call it what you will. Writers write. You’re developing the habit.

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