There are a lot of things you can do in 10 minutes. Go back to sleep. Do the Dishes. Go to the Bathroom. Make a Phone call. Play a round or two of Call of Duty.
A lot of times, we look at writing and say, “I don’t have time for that.” Writing is labor intensive. Writing is time consuming. So why do it when there are so many other things we could spend our time doing?
The beauty of the 10 minute writing challenge is that it gets you into the habit of writing. People across the country routinely spend countless minutes a day taking smoke breaks; writing can be just as habit forming as cigarettes. All that it requires is for us to get into the habit.
The other beauty of the 10 minute challenge is that, once it becomes a daily occurrence, a writer can slowly and steadily write their novel. Most of us have a story we want to tell, and we can get there in just 10 minutes a day.
The typical novel is 80,000 words, although there is a new trend in publishing for smaller books. The average typing speed of a person is 40 words per minute. Now, get ready for some complex mathematics. So glad I took trig and precalc in high school.
40 words per minute x 10 minutes a day = 400 words per day
80,000 words per novel/400 words a day = 200 days.
There you have it. In as little as 10 minutes a day, any individual is capable of writing their ENTIRE NOVEL in less than a year. Granted, this doesn’t take into account editing and revising. But the first and most important step in writing is to have your story down on paper.
So to all of you, we issue the 200 day challenge. Write your novel. Share it with the world. You can do it in as little as 10 minutes a day!