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The Timer Exercise


I just learned about this in another class. (Although I bet I read about it severeal times!) And I tried it out. It works for me. emoticon

So what is it? Basically, you decide what you want to write, pull up the piece or start a new file, set the timer - and do nothing but write until that timer goes off. No Facebook, no twitter, not even Wikipedia. All that can surely take a back seat to writing for half an hour. (Half an hour is a good amount of time to start with. You'll be surprised how quickly it passes.)

And when that timer goes off, and you jump because it jolted you out of your concentration - congratulate yourself. Go ahead and feel accomplished, because you just managed to write.

When I did this today, I got 800+ words out of it. For that "Disillusioned Mage" tale I've been wanting to write for the last four or six weeks, even. emoticon

If you're aiming for more words per day, increase the timer time gradually, until you reach the amount of time that lets you get that number of words. And then do it EVERY single day (well, maybe not Sundays). You'll be surprised at the amount of writing you'll get done this way.

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Hmm, it's an interesting method if you indeed have problems not looking at other things for awhile
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For me, it goes beyond just not looking at other things. It gets me into a different frame of mine, focused on my task, rather than thinking "oh, I'll do that sometime today".

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Take it a little further with this...

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I've heard of versions where it will delete work if you get distracted emoticon I think I'd hate that.


Made the link clickable.

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Yeah, kamakaze mode will delete what you wrote when you stop writing. I suppose that would drive me nuts.

I'm too picky when I write to just keep writing, despite mistakes and typos. I need to go back and correct them - that's why I need half an hour for 800 words, rather than 1000 words or so. Writing isn't just bashing out words, after all.

Still, it might be a fun thing to try out just to stay focused on writing for a given amount of time.

Intresting app, Blitzen, thanks for sharing! emoticon

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Half an hour for 800 words? It's just taken me two hours to write 300! emoticon

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But you wrote! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Well, I was pretty sure about what I wanted to write. Now I'm a little stuck, which calls for the next timer activity. It really helps me get unstuck, when I hear that ticking, ticking, ticking.

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I don't have a timer! emoticon

But I found ]this on the net which I might try to see if it helps...

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Hope it helps.
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I am going to try it on chapter 2 of my Survey story this Saturday...

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Rick, that's very nice. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm using a plain old kitchen timer.

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I'm actually growing rather attached to its ticking. It tells me I'm supposed to work on whatever I set out to do.

Yesterday, I wrote up more than 30 tweets for my EFT account in a mere 20 minutes in a spreadsheet. That'll keep me posting nice setup statements for two weeks (they are in German and English). Made me very happy, because I dread little more than coming up with a tweet every day. emoticon

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