This installment of The Insecure Writer's Support Group will hopefully give some of you some help with your productivity.
One of the greatest problems when trying to write is how to find time to write in the first place, and that can be enough of a hindrance to stop your flow before it's started. Something that might come in handy is a technique I found called the Ten Minute Hack.
The Ten Minute Hack is where you wake up and, before you've done anything (have a shower, have breakfast, check your emails) set a timer on your phone or clock for ten minutes. No more, no less. In that ten minutes you write like a demon let loose from the seventh circle of writer hell (they write fast). Write for your fantasy novel, or write some flash fiction, or even write down what you dreamed the night before. Just make sure you write solidly until that timer runs out. Think about what you've managed to achieve in just ten minutes. Think about what you could do with the rest of your day.
It doesn't matter if what you write lacks plot, character development, atmosphere, world building, a solid magic system, or even correct spelling and grammar. The point is that you've written something and you've not even had your first coffee of the morning. Think of it as your own personal mini-NaNoWriMo.
Do you have any writing 'hacks'?
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