Writing Tip #1

“Write for seven minutes a day, everyday.”

— Michael Weaver —

At first glance, this writing tip may seem so obvious as to barely appear to be worth mentioning. However writing is a skill, and like all other skills writing requires consistency of practice - everyday.

Why seven minutes a day? Why not five minutes, or even twenty? What about that elusive hour? The original source of this tip can be found within Mark Whitwell's book, The Promise of Love, Sex, and Intimacy: How a Simple Breathing Practice Will Enrich Your Life Forever.

In this work, Whitwell encourages his readers to set aside seven minutes a day to devote to a breathing practice (meditation). He states that a spare hour is nearly impossible for anyone to find, with the same being said for a half hour or even twenty minutes. On the flip side of things, five minutes can appear to be so mundane and "easy" that people forget to schedule it, thinking they can fit it in "whenever".

According to Whitwell, seven minutes represents the magic number, avoiding the five minute "throwaway", yet approachable enough to schedule and build a successful practice upon. More than nine years ago, I wished to start my writing "practice", and although I originally set out to write for fifteen minutes a day, seven minutes seems just about right.

At this point, some of you might be wondering whether seven minutes is enough time to accomplish anything. Yes, it is, especially since the most important aspect of any practice is building consistency. Success builds upon success and these short spurts of time have a way of extending and building out in many unforeseen ways.

This is arguably the most important tip of all, hence it being represented by "zero", the "origin" or "observation" point from which all else is measured and created.