The 5 Minutes Writing Exercise

Can you spare five minutes?

Great! Five minutes a day, that is what this exercise requires. Five minutes to help you with your writing. To help developing new ideas. To jot down a fleeting thought that someday might grow to become a plot. To help overcoming the menacing … (*whispers*) Writer’s Block.

Most of us writers juggling our “regular” job that pays the rent, our family life AND our writing know the problem of finding the time to do some decent (amount of) writing. And even if we find the time … well, all of a sudden we find ourselves sitting there and our mind seems to be… just blank!

Anyway. I am sure WE ALL have five minutes a day to devote to the task, don’t you agree?

So, grab your keyboard or your pen and paper and check the time on your watch.

And then …



If you have a special topic to write about, fine. If not … just do some brainstorming. No matter what. If you don’t know what to write, write about how difficult it is to find something to write. Or describe what you see in front of you. Or how wonderful it would be to have your very own bestseller. Or how much you HATE Writer’s Block.

There. Your five minutes are over. If you are now in the mood to write some more – the better. If not, no problem. Do it again the next day. Do it daily. You will develop your very own writing journal this way. You will get used to the task. You might even find out that you actually can write some amount in only five minutes. And in between, you might get some new ideas. Or perhaps two or three lines of that dialogue you need for your novel. Set your mind on working temperature and then … let it flow!

How to get a little Writing Kick: Your Link Collections!

There’s a potential little #writingsinspiration waiting for you – right there in your browser’s bookmarks!

We surf the Internet, wie find interesting sites (blog posts, articles, tutorials). We bookmark them … and bookmark another one … and bookmark something more. That DOES accumulate in time! So when you look for a little inspiration regarding what to write about: Go and check out your link collection – and while at it, why not take a little time to also organize those links?

I? Well, among other things, checking and organizing my own links inspired me to write this post. And that’s just the beginning. 🙂

Writer's Mentor

So – give it a try.

Happy Writing!

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The One-Sentence-a-Day-Strategy

I have a confession to make: I can sometimes be verrrrrrrrrrrry slow about my writing.

Often… I mean, I find myself in total awe when reading about the supposedly typical working day of other writers, who can write for hours and hours and somehow manage to produce content that is thousands of words worth – a day!!

It is not that I have no passion for writing! Au contraire!

The thing is – I get distracted easily (or is it “easily distracted”? Ooooh, the joys of writing in a foreign language… btw. is my passport up to date?… I could use a little snack… oh, look at the cute puppy pictures… *ahem*). I just have… so many ideas in my head, so much to do and so little time to pursue them all and to take care of stuff. I often get interrupted by the demands of a regular day. Aaaaaaaaaand… the Internet can be such a great distraction, as well!

Not to mention the bane of many a writer’s existence, the monster lurking under my bed, the pain in my neck and the phantom of my nightmares… the… (*cue dramatic Psycho-like music*): WRRRRRRRITER’S BLOCK!!

So, yeah, I often get stuck with my writing.

One of my methods to “trick” myself: I try to get myself to write one sentence. One. Seriously. I mean, I should be able to somehow manage that, right? If/when I am lucky, it creates some kind of creative domino effect in my mind, and one single sentence turns into several. As indeed has just happened with this text here: I had just been intending to jot down “The One-Sentence-a-Day-Strategy” (basically as a little mental knot-in-the-hanky-thingy to be pursued at a later time), and suddenly I just kept writing.

Well, it does not ALWAYS work like this. Sometimes a sentence just remains a sentence – for the time being. But, hey – one sentence is better than nothing and can eventually grow and evolve and become (*cue drum roll*) a whole. finished. text.

(And now… back to those puppy pics…)

Sie ist weg!

Weg ist sie! Einfach so! Schon wieder! Hat sich aus dem Staub gemacht, ohne es vorher auch nur anzukündigen. Weiß nicht warum. Weiß nicht wohin. Weiß nicht, ob und wann sie wiederkommt. Nicht zu fassen! Was soll das?

Gestern hat sie mich noch geküsst. Und dann ging alles so einfach! Und heute? Heute bekomme ich gar nichts mehr auf die Reihe.

Meine erste Reaktion: Panik!

Was mache ich jetzt? So ganz allein mit mir? Wie soll ich das Ganze ohne sie hinkriegen? Wie geht’s weiter?

Ich denke nach. Ich grüble…

Habe ich irgendetwas falsch gemacht? Ist es so was wie Schicksal? Gehört so etwas zum Reifeprozess dazu? Müssen wir alle das irgendwann mal durchmachen?

Ich höre auf nachzudenken. Mein Kopf ist wie leergefegt. Bin ratlos.

Ich laufe unruhig durch die Gegend.

Müsste mich eigentlich mit irgendwas ablenken. Fragt sich nur, womit…

Ich muss mich entspannen, an etwas ganz Anderes denken – jetzt!

Funktioniert nicht, gehe wieder nach Hause. Arbeitszimmer. Ein leerer Computerbildschirm, der mich blöde angrinst.

Das Telefon! Ja!
Wen jetzt anrufen?

Meine Mutter?
Normalerweise keine schlechte Idee, aber diesmal: Wohl kaum.
Die Leute von Amnesty?
Nein – DAFÜR sind die bestimmt nicht zuständig…
Eine Selbsthilfegruppe?

Gibt es eine Selbsthilfegruppe für ratlose Literaten?
“RATlose LiteRATen”…?
Da bliebe ja nur noch “Lite…en” übrig!

Oh, Mann, DAMIT komme ich bestimmt nicht weiter!!

Da! Die rettende Telefonnummer! Der Mann, der die Antworten kennen muss!


“Hallo, ich bin’s. Du… ich hab ein Problem. Sie… sie ist schon wieder weg! Hat mich verlassen!”

“Wer? Wer hat dich verlassen?”

“Du weißt schon…”

“Oh, nein, nicht schon wieder!”

“Aber diesmal ist es wirklich ernst!”

“Hör mal zu…”

“Wirklich! Ich spüre das! Es ist passiert! Vorbei!

Er lacht. Eindeutig. Er versucht es zu unterdrücken, aber ich kann es hören.

“Also, weißt du -” presst er heraus. Wiederholt: “Die Muse hat dich also verlassen! Ich weiß ja, du bist Romanautorin und eine sensible Persönlichkeit…

…aber ich habe noch nie jemanden erlebt, der jedesmal, wenn er mal wieder eine kleine Schreibblockade hat, ein solches Drama daraus macht!”

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