Kerri writes using the 15-Minute Method, packing in as many 15-minute sessions of writing as possible, with a personal goal of a total of 1000 words per day. And she does this consistently - in addition to working a full-time job and being married with three kids. Very impressive!
We have had only one assignment so far: to write down a typical daily schedule in 15-minute increments. That's not an easy thing to do; my teaching schedule varies from day to day, and other activities - practicing piano, exercising, keeping the household running, and spending time with family and friends, for starters - have a way of filling up my free time. The next thing I know, it is late and I am exhausted; indeed, my notes from yesterday revealed that I really had packed a lot of good stuff into the day, and it wasn't at all clear to me where, exactly, I might have been writing instead of doing something else.
Well, after looking over my schedule from yesterday, Kerri suggested that instead of starting my day with email/Facebook/Twitter/my blog, as is my habit, I start with 15 minutes of writing, while my mind is fresh and not filled with all those social distractions. "You'd be surprised what can happen when you make those things a reward for getting some writing done instead of as a priority over writing," she said. Well, I just might be surprised. But I won't know until I try.
So when I wake up tomorrow morning, the first things I will do are start the coffee and take care of the dog. But the next thing I will do is set a timer and write for fifteen minutes. Check back next Wednesday for a progress report.