One, Two, Three, Race Towards Flow
One thrilling way to enter flow is to enter a race with yourself. Timed-writing sessions work for a few reasons. First, they create a sense of playfulness found in competition. Next, they engage and heighten our senses just like actual footraces do. Finally, timed content creation instills a sense of confidence in being able to create quickly and accurately. So how long do you sprint your pen across paper or fly fingers over keys? Let’s look at that answer below.
Building Copy with Rapid Sprints
My writing mentor and friend, Linda Leedy Schneider, gave me sound advice when we first met. I had a bad case of writer’s block and asked her for advice to break it up. Her reply was astoundingly simple and effective. “Set your timer and write for 15 minute blocks,” she recommended.” And she was right! The length is enough to get something down, but short enough to give it another go when the first sprint is through.
Now get out your journal. Set the timer for 15 minutes. Keep writing the entire time. Once you get the hang of what a 15-minute writing session feels like, you will be able to sustain longer periods of time.
Here’s to growing your flow,