Snack writing – do try it

Writing can be tough. There a good days, where you churn out pages and pages of good words. And most days, where you can stare at a blank page, the cursor blinking at you – mocking you.

A few months ago, I started practicing snack writing – short and regular writing sessions. I started reading the work of Dr Rowena Murray, who has been researching how snack writing can improve your output. Dr Murray works with academics – but this applies just as much to when I write for myself.

So how has it been going? The short answer is, pretty good. I’m managing to find two to three 15 to 30 minute slots a day and am getting out about 200 words a pop.

The thing is, writing breeds more writing. So when I do sit down for a longer session, I’ve still got a flow going from my short bursts throughout the week. Where I once only put down 50 or 60 words in an hour-long session, I’ve managed to hit 2,000 words in an few hours.

Like with anything, it’s important to find what works for you, but this one is definitely worth a try.

Now go: Write! Create! Be awesome!

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