Monday, September 22, 2014

September #wipmadness – Week Four

It’s Monday, yay!

Why am I so happy about Monday?

Because we all know it’s the real first day of the week, the weekend is over, and it’s a great time to hit the road running, or rather to hit the keyboard typing, or hit the paper writing. (Okay I might have stretched out that metaphor a little too much.)

But in the interest of starting a new week: here’s an exercise for you to do right now:

Set a timer and just write for the next five minutes. Whatever comes to your mind, just write.

Now look at what you've written. Read it over. Is there anything you can use from it in your current WIP? Or perhaps it’s given you a morsel for something new, maybe something you've never tried before. Maybe it’s something you’ll put on a shelf for a while and let it marinate. (I’ll skip the marinade analogy for now.J)

But whatever you come up with, be proud of it even if you think it’s the worst thing that has ever been written in recorded and unrecorded history. Because you wrote it. You wrote. And that’s something to be proud of.

My question for you this week is:

Did anything surprise you about the five-minute writing exercise? Did you discover something new about a character or uncover a new plot detail? Did you add an idea to the ever growing story idea list? (Please tell me I’m not the only one who keeps such a list.)

See you next week for the final check in for September #wipmadness!

Giveaway Update: I’m still working out the specifics of the write bracelet with Jenn. I hope to be able to post a picture of it this week. 


  1. I love doing 5 or 10 minute writing sprints, and always find them useful! I'm hoping to get back to writing this week, though, to be honest, after all the time away, it's tough to motivate myself.

    Thanks for hosting this month, Chris!

  2. Nothing for my WIP, but this random sprint emptied distracting thoughts from my brain, which is a great thing to do before diving into the WIP! :)

  3. I read your post as a last thing before shutting down for the night, so I'm saving the sprint to do tomorrow morning. If I'm ever feeling a little blocked, a sprint is great for loosening up the words. :)

    This hasn't been a productive week for my writing as I've frequently been distracted by plans for a family wedding that's coming up this weekend. The bits I've recorded in my daily journal aren't at all helpful for my WIP but I'll get back on track next week.