Friday, 19 April 2019

A to Z Blogging Challenge: Q is for Quickies

Some people find the Q part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge difficult. I think this is the best and easiest letter to choose because there are so few options to choose from. I am the kind of person who doesn't like too many choices! So, today on my A to Z of Nanowrimo, I've gone for Q for Quickies, which is appropriate since that's how I'm writing these blog posts - in 10-20 minute bursts.

a to z blogging challenge 2019

There are a lot of writers in the world who insist on needing time, space and peace to write. Then there are the writers like me, who take their chances when they get them. I don't believe in waiting until you're inspired and in the ideal conditions to write. If you have those conditions, that's awesome and I'm happy for you, but I'm living a pretty busy life and I don't have the time to wait until I'm inspired or have a month at a peaceful cottage in the south of France to write. This is particularly important during Nanowrimo, when I have thirty days and that's it. That's why quickies are so important to me.

During Nanowrimo, they are often referred to as sprints. You set a timer for 15 or 20 minutes and just write. When I was at a write-in a few years ago, we did three or four sprints and then chatted the rest of the time. I got quite a lot done in those quickie sessions.

I know that if you're hanging on to the idea of perfection, it can be difficult to let go of the romanticism of peace and quiet, a clear desk and mind and the so-called ideal writing conditions. You don't want to do quickies because you know you won't do your best work during those sprints. But sometimes, these quickies can unlock ideas from your subconscious that don't come out when you're trying too hard. Also, there's the chance that you'll write in a less self-conscious and considered way and say what your heart really feels during a quickie.

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Like every writing technique, there is a time and a place for it. I think the quickie method is ideal during Nanowrimo because you need to grab the chance to write when you can and this challenge is the one time when you don't need to focus on writing absolutely correctly. It's a first draft. It can get tidied up later. Just get the words onto the screen or paper in November.

Tomorrow I'll be writing about R for Region, while today over on Rock Paper Spirit, I'm writing about Q for Queen of Stars and Smoke. If you don't know what that means, you're not alone. Neither do I. You'll have to visit Rock Paper Spirit to find out more!

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