Writing a Novel in 30 Minute Bursts

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My plan this year is to spend 30 minutes every day writing my novel.

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But before I get into that I wanted to thank all of you that commented on my post To Write or Not To Write. I'm not giving up on the novel thanks to you!

You helped me and I'm so grateful.

Thanks to you I'm taking the 30-minutes-a-day approach.

Jenna Richards, who commented first, suggested 20-30 minute chunks of writing time. I've always thought it was impossible to get writing done in 30 minutes. It takes me at least an hour before I get into the flow. But that was the opinion of most of you so I'm giving it a go. I'm hoping I'll get so used to writing for 30 minutes it will become a part of my routine.

As Maddy pointed out in her comment I am 'happy' (or content) when I'm writing. It fulfils me and when I'm having a good day I'm on top of the world.

I will get this novel finished if it kills me!

So I'm off to spend 30 minutes writing. I may or may not write rubbish, but rubbish or not it's writing. The whole point of this exercise is to get myself writing the novel. Rubbish doesn't come into it right now.

Again I can't thank you enough for offering advice and fantastic uplifting comments. I felt the love of the blogging/writing community.

You're all amazing! Mwah.


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34 comments:

  1. Yay! So glad all the comments helped and I'm really pleased that you're not giving up the book! I'm very interested to hear how writing in 30 min bursts goes - you might surprise yourself. It sounds like a very good way of avoiding procrastination too. Good luck and thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting

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    1. Well so far today it's been great. I've done my 30 mins and didn't want to stop! I think having a timer going is a great motivator, I even ignored twitter notifications while I wrote! I'm hoping the motivation continues.

      Thanks so much. xx

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  2. I think this is a great way to write. I've read a top tip that you set a timer for 30 minutes and ignore everything else going on around you (including social media) and just focus on writing. It's a brilliant approach and I hope it works for you!

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    1. That's exactly what I'm doing Emily. I set my timer yesterday and just wrote. I hope it continues because I feel great to be writing again! Thanks for stopping by. xx

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  3. I'm definitely a fan of writing in short bursts. I wouldn't actually have been able to get anything written if I hadn't! I used to think, like you, that I needed time to get into the zone. Now I try to make sure I've done all my thinking and planning before hand - even if its whilst doing the dishes or something equally mindless - so that I can get straight into it when I actually have the time to write. Good luck! Looking forward to hearing how you get on :) xx

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    1. Thank you Sophie, I often think about the novel while doing dishes or when travelling. It's those times when your mind can wander that you get the best inspiration!

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  4. Oh I LOVE THIS! Good luck and be positive, I think this is a brilliant way to go about it! xx

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    1. Thank you Aimee, I'm hoping the motivation continues. :)

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  5. When you are in the zone you can get so much done in 30 mins. I know because sometimes I had to do this during November when I took part in NanoWrimo. If you are writing consistently and your story is in your head, it is much easier to sit and write for shorter periods of time. It's when you don't write often enough that you encounter more problems with getting going. Good luck.

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    1. Thanks Nicola. You're right too, when you don't write often you forget everything you'd planned and the story fades. It's the problem I had but hopefully 30 mins a day will sort me out. xx

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  6. I used to do this but then fell out of love with my novel but at the time it did work! It's a good way to get going and I remember often spending way more than 30 mins once I'd started! When I'm ready to go back to it I will be following your lead. Good luck. x

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    1. Oh I've done that before Rachael! At the moment I'm limiting myself to 30 mins, when the timer goes off I stop - regardless of whether I want to or not. If I don't want to stop then I'm more eager to get to it the next day. I'm glad you think it's a good idea and good luck to you when you get back to yours. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. xx

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  7. Yay! So happy to hear this, and I LOVE the idea of making those 30 minutes count. I may try this myself... Congrats and can't wait for you to finish.

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    1. Ah thank you Dana. I'm thinking that I could get lots done in that 30 mins and before you know it I'll be celebrating those two wonderful words... The End. :)

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  8. Excellent plan my lovely because it is completely achievable :-) looking forward to following your progress!

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    1. Thanks Renee. That's the best bit about it, 30 mins isn't long but I can have a win every day! Hopefully that will keep me going. Thanks so much for stopping by. xx

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  9. I agree, an entirely achievable plan and you may well surprise yourself with what you write in 30 minutes :)

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    1. Oh I'm hoping so! Thanks for stopping by. xx

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  10. This is so great to read, Morgan. It can be done. I wrote my first nano novel in fifteen minute bursts (cooking dinner, night feeds, lunchtime etc). Dividing your time.into smaller chunks makes it a lot more manageable. X

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    1. Thanks Chrissie - fifteen minutes eh? It certainly is more manageable. x

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  11. The 30 minute plan sounds like a winner to me. I am a musician by trade and I have always found it really difficult to sit down and practise. I found that if I just forced myself to open the case and get the damn cello out and play for ten minutes, I would easily end up doing a whole lot more without noticing. It's the art of getting started that is tricky. Being creative sure isn't easy....some days you achieve more than others. Rough with the smooth and all. And on the rough days, chow down on cheesecakes and jugs of wine. Mmmmmm! xx

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    1. You're so right, the getting started is the hard part. Good and bad days too. Creativity always comes in fits and starts but at least there's always cheesecake and wine! ;)

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  12. Great idea! The 30 minute plan sounds brilliant - not to daunting but enough to get some words down. Good luck and interested to see how you get on x

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    1. Thank you. I'll be writing about my progress every Tuesday - be sure to check back. x

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  13. What a great idea, like you I wouldn't have thought 30 mins would be enough, especially for a novel. I am intrigued to see how you get on so update us when you have given it a good go. I may use the same method for my blog posts. I always think I need to dedicate several hours, but maybe I should set aside 30 minutes per day - I will try that, thanks for the inspiration! #PoCoLo
    Kat

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    1. Good luck Katrina, let me know how it works out for you. So far it's okay, I'm making progress at least. x

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  14. I am so happy to hear you will continue writing your novel as the information you have shared about it has intrigued me and I can't wait to buy it so I can read it myself! As a fellow author I know how hard the writing process can be. I gave up watching TV and a few hobbies in order to get my book written... Now I need to find the inspiration to get the final edits done so it can be published! ;-)

    Wishing you lots of productivity in your 30 minutes of writing.

    Much love,
    Lysa xx

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    1. Thank you so much Lysa. I'm hoping the thirty minutes trick will keep me going until it's finished, so far it's going well. :)

      I hope you find that inspiration soon. xx

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  15. This...THIS is utterly brilliant news! Well done you - and for finding a way too. Good luck with it all and I am really looking forward to reading. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

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    1. Thanks Victoria - being a writer is very hard but you always HAVE to find a way. I'm sure you know this, you're such a talented writer. I'm pleased I haven't given up. :) xx

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  16. How wonderful, keep going lady. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

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    1. Thank you Vicki, I keep tapping away at the keyboard. It may all be nonsense but I'll keep going. x Thanks for stopping by. xx

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  17. This is great--and getting my novel done is one of my goals for the year. So far, well, so far I've not gotten very far, but you're right, 30 minutes a day is absolutely doable. And I keep remind myself, "I can't fix a blank page." I can make a crap page of words better, though! Good luck!

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    1. You're so right Ginny, that blank page is such a scary thing! I hate it. The thing stares back at you, taunting, whispering little jeering remarks as you fail to start. I'm working on the pages of crap at the moment, creating them not making them better. That comes later. Thank you for the wishes and thanks for stopping by. I hope you find the will to write soon. xx

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