is the DRAW Method?
DRAW Method stands for Declutter-Read-Assess-Write.
This 20-minute program gets you writing
each day. If you can
only 110 words a day, and you'll have
40,000 words in a year!
do I need?
20 minutes each day to help you focus.
You MUST have a timer and your Writer's
Planner for this exercise. My watch has a
five-minute timer to keep me on track.
can use an online timer here.
by DECLUTTERING for five minutes. You
will be amazed
at how much you can accomplish in five
minutes. Clear a space to work on your
desk. Clean space will help your mind
settle. Don't get overwhelmed here! When
the buzzer goes off, stop.
You will do more tomorrow. After a
few days, your desk will be clean,
and you can move onto another area (maybe
your files or bookshelves).
READ for five minutes. You want to warm
up your brain for words. Stay away from
email--it is too easy to go over your
five minute allotment. Jot any new ideas
in the Idea Grabber section of your
you need a five-minute read? Check out the emails from DearReader.com.
the next few minutes to ASSESS what's
your MIP (most important writing
Flip through your calendar and
your list of projects. Get a feeling for
what's hot and what can wait. Make notes
on your daily/weekly planner. Don't get
stuck here. Once you have a MIP, move on
WRITE. Fill the remainder of your time
writing. Use your timer if you need to
work on multiple projects. List any
submissions, queries, or manuscripts in
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