In the chapter dealing with the third week of a writing month, he teaches the 3/30/10 technique--- he calls it 'the jet-pack under your seat.
This is how you do it:
- Set a timer for 30 minutes. Write like mad.
- Take a ten minute break for stretching, complaining, folding clothes... whatever you can get done in ten minutes.
- Set the timer for another 30 minutes. Write. Take another ten minute break.
- Do another 30 minutes, then do something fun.
Baty recommends doing the 3/30/10 3 times on a free day--- morning, noon and evening. This rapidly adds to your word count.
I have not done this 3 times a day--- or even two. But timed writing works for me. The first time, my three 30 minute sessions racked up the following word counts: 579-552-628. And the second time: 465-681-791. Each time I reached my daily word count goal by the end of the three 30 minute sessions.
|Don't fail to meet your word count goal!|
I'm thinking of trying for another 3/30/10 session today. If I don't, I at least hope to have a mini-writing session where I dip back in to my session for at least 10 minutes.
I think one reason this works for me is that I have a thing about timers. I use a timer every time I brew a cup of tea. It's silly, but it sure makes the tea come out consistently. And I never wander off and forget the steeping tea until hours later. It may be just a part of my Asperger Syndrome weirdness, but timed writing sessions work for me.
How about you? Have you ever done the 3/30/10? Or have you tried some similar timed writing method? Does it work for you?