The personal blog of Sven Seebeck

20 Minutes you say?!

When I finally sat down the other day and tried to catch up with my daily reading I already had a very long day behind me. Eventually I ran into the Writing 101 e-Book via the Wordpress blog.

Writing 101 sounded yesterday somehow more intriguing than usual. I’m always open to learn and improve and considered that I have an embarrassing amount of yet-to-be-finished posts here on my drive and a few too post-less days behind me I had a look at the e-book.

Did I say it was a long day? Yes?! Sorry. Really long. Which is short for I had a hard time staying awake at all and barely managed reading through the first chapter/task/challenge. Today, a day later and with an even longer day behind me, but possibly over-caffeinated, I thought I’ll sit down and do the first exercise that I read about:

Today, take twenty minutes to free write. And don’t think about what you’ll write. Just write…

Hmmm. This actually sounds very simple. It is in fact what I do most of the time: I sit down, type on the keyboard and out come some words of some use. And that’s where most often the story ends. Most of the time I simply do this to get some clearer thoughts.

But there are also times I actually finish something. With now 589 posts on this blog I guess I at least get something out every now and then.

10 minutes in and I’m rambling. Maybe that’s a good thing after all:

Keep typing (or scribbling, if you prefer to handwrite for this exercise) until your twenty minutes are up. It doesn’t matter if what you write is incomplete, or nonsense, or not worthy of the Publish” button.

Not worthy of the Publish” button. Well this one definitely isn’t. Some other posts that I had started over the last two weeks might be worthy. Like the one about our dog, the one about the Dunning-Kruger effect that learned about, my thoughts about my new phone or the one in which I predict the future.

Okay, maybe not exactly THE future, which would be awesome, but my own at least.

Three more minutes to go…

These are all posts, that I think might be worth publishing. Which I will, once I get them done. Whenever that will be.

Publish this stream-of-consciousness post to your blog.

Are you serious. Really? The 20 minutes are over. Are you really sure I should press Publish? Like in REALLY?