15 Minute Monday

Writing in little bits and pieces. Can you do it? Have you done it successfully, ever?

My dear friend, Laura Torres, wrote several VERY successful How-to books for Klutz Press. Her titles sold more than 6,000,000 copies. She is an amazing woman and an amazing writer, one of the most creative people I’ve ever met.

When Laura had two young children at home, she wrote a great deal of nonfiction. Her family ALWAYS came first. She wasn’t the kind of mom who locked herself away from her crying children. She was there every moment. And that meant she had to teach herself to write in the time given her.

I remember Laura telling me she wrote when she had the moments.

“I’ve taught myself to write in 15 minutes or less.” She told me this years ago and I still remember her words. And being in awe.

She wrote clean.

She wrote well.

She wrote quickly.

The results were amazing. She’s written A LOT of books.

(You may remember her work. Go here to see it. https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/27327.Laura_Torres)

Laura has since gotten another higher degree, is a grandmother (and expecting another grandbaby), and has made a name for herself in the world of writing for teachers.

She is, I think, the mother of making time, and making time work for her. Or she works with time.


Do you sit around waiting for lots of FREE time?

Or do you write in the moments at the doctor, at stoplights, while dinner simmers?

What can you do in 15 minutes a day?

I’d like to set up a challenge for us (those who want to play), for these last days of May. 15 minutes each day. That’s all we ask.

What can you do with that?

What does it grow into?

Does the 15 minutes become 30? The 30 minutes become an hour?

Are there hard scenes you work to, work through?

Can you tackle the scary stuff easier when it’s in chunks?

I’ll try to remember to chime in at the end of each day, ask a question or two (except on Sunday. I won’t check in then. That’s my day off from writing. Don’t tell Stephen King.).

There are nine days left.

405 minutes.

What will you accomplish?



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7 responses to “15 Minute Monday

  1. I think it’s interesting that you posted this today Carol 🙂 I started doing what I call 15 minute blitzes where I set a timer and only write until the timer goes off. I do that multiple times throughout the work day. It’s made a big difference for me. In 2 days I wrote more than the rest of the month combined. It’s been so helpful for me.

  2. benschwensch

    GREAT CHALLENGE: but that’s 45 minutes a day, so I need to find THREE “moments” to write? You’re on ! ! !

    • CLW

      You may write 45 minutes, Brenda. Did I say that? I need to change it if I did.

      • benschwensch

        I was only confused by your math. If I write for 15 minutes each of 9 days, I’ll have 135 minutes. If I do it three times each day, I’ll reach your 405 min. figure.
        BTW, I tried it today: my first 15 minutes went swimmingly. My second shot, something came up, and I ended up spinning my wheels, but also organizing one corner of my life that evidently NEEDED a loot of attention, so it all comes out OK. I’m still going to get a third 15 minutes in, in a little while! Thanks for the challenge ! ! !

  3. LoriAnne Spear

    I am going to do this, I’m also going to bring this challenge to my writing group tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it works for me at the end of the week.

  4. CLW

    Everyone–I am very bad at math.
    So. Write as many 15 minutes as you want.
    And I am cheap if you want me to do your taxes.


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