Monday, May 24, 2010

10 minutes a day

I've long been a proponent of 10 creative minutes a day. It's a practice almost everyone can implement, whether you've been at your medium a long time or would like to fool around with a new one. You can dance, draw, sing, write, doodle, garden, anything for 10 minutes a day.

I think this practice is particularly helpful with writing. Ten minutes a day of writing for a year will make a massive difference in your style and clarity. Whether you journal the day's events and their meanings, you use prompts and write descriptions, you capture dialog between characters or real people, you write a poem or a haiku, you will get better.

You will get better if no one reads your work, if no one edits your work, if no one critiques your work. You will get better whether you reread your work or not. There's something magical about just doing it.

If this idea intrigues you, consider scheduling a time to do this. Before your day really gets going is always good or in the last hour before bedtime. It can make a nice way to wind down. And if you try this, let me know what you think after six months.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for this post. I needed to be reminded of how powerful a consistent practice -- even a short one -- can be.