I hope that everyone here in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday.!
Monday I suggested that you could start writing a book in fifteen minutes per day and suggested that you add to that fifteen minutes over time. However, what if you didn’t have more than fifteen minutes per day to write? Would you be doomed to working on this book forever?
The answer to that last question is no. If you were to write fifteen minutes per day, every day for the next year, you would have more than adequate time to write an eighty thousand word book in a year if you dedicated that time to that single book. Don’t believe me? Let’s do the math.
Doing the Math
Let’s take our fifteen minutes per day and multiply it by 366 days (2016 will be a leap year.) You’ll discover that if you write for fifteen minutes per day for a year, you will have written for 91 and a half hours in that year. That means that by writing for fifteen minutes per day for a year, you will have spent equal to just under two and a half work weeks of writing over the course of a year.
This may not seem like much, but if you were to write for fifteen minutes each day at just 25 words a minute (that’s about the speed that a person uses when they are searching and pecking for the letters that they are writing), that’s 375 words per day or 137,250 words in a year. That’s more than enough words to write your entire book and have words left over for editing.
Fifteen Minutes A Day is a Highly Productive Method
You’re probably thinking that perhaps it would be better to take a two and a half week vacation at a writer’s retreat, but in reality, the fifteen minutes a day is a more highly productive method of getting your book written.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that during the twenty-three and three quarter hours that you are not writing, you will probably be thinking about your writing at least part of the time and especially during your sleeping hours. During that fifteen minutes, you will know what to write and will be writing it because you are focused on doing as much during those fifteen minutes as possible. Not certain that you can write 375 words per day? Make it a game to see how many words you can write during those fifteen minutes. Can you write more than 375 words and can you do it consistently? You would be amazed at what you can do if you put your mind to it.
Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church in Brandsville, Missouri.. As Author Cygnet Brown, she has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener
She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .