C.M. Mayo < For Writers < Giant Golden Buddha
C. M. MAYO|
of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, etc.
for 5 Minutes|
1. To Train the
Brain to Get Into the Habit of Writing
you write a 500 page book? Or, for that matter, a poem? A piddling
5 minutes at a time. When you're not feeling ready to commit
to writing a short story, magazine article, or, (gulp) a novel,
brief exercises (which of course, can expand to any length of
time) can serve as a bit of track to run on, as it were. The
more often you write, the easier it gets.
To Train the Brain to Imagine More Vividly with Ease
do you conjure a vivid world for readers? By use of vivid detail
that appeals to the senses (smell, sight, hearing, taste, and
touch), by convincingly conveying other points of view and by
playfully exploring that ever-strange energy of 'what if?' For
the most part, these are the tasks of the 5 minute writing exercises.
To Enhance the Flow Tomorrow
there are days even for full-time writers
when it is impossible to block out the ideal number of hours
for writing. On such days, if you can write intensely for 5 minutes
even just 5 minutes the writing "muscle"
stays pumped so that the following day, the writing once again
Bust a Block
with writers block whose excuses usually
include variations of "I don't have time" and/or "my
writing must be super special & perfect or else why bother"
five minutes is a low bar indeed. (By the way, if the block is
bad, try setting an alarm clock or an egg timer, and promise
yourself, when it rings in 5 minutes, you'll quit writing. A
bit of reverse psychology.)
To Seed Something Big & Wonderful