Here's my newest idea. It's the WRITE TEN, WALK/TALK ONE. My way of writing and getting exercise. Because I really need exercise!
I will use an example from my current WIP. Here's how it works:
My daily goal: 1000 words.Step one: Write the numbers one to ten on my chapter summary page. Each number represents about 100 words (one or two paragraphs). If you're writing on paper, leave spaces between the numbers.
Step two: Before you begin writing for the day, briefly decide what your goal is for the chapter.
In this chapter I want to introduce the main character and her boyfriend. I want the reader to see the interaction between the two but I also want some of the MC's super powers to show themselves, but in a subtle way. I will also introduce the boyfriend's sister and the MC's mother--a single mother who wants another child.
Step three: Here's is where the WALK/TALK comes in. You get up from your computer and walk for a minute around your writing space. (Note: This works best if you're not sitting at Starbucks or in front of people who might think you're crazy.) Now, decide what your opening scene will look like--the first 100 words. Talk to yourself while you walk, it really helps.
Okay, I want to start the scene in the MC's boyfriend's bedroom. They're working on their homework. Well, Chi, my MC, is working on her homework...what homework? Maybe something on the civil war... Anyway, she's working on that while her boyfriend is... oh, I know, playing Angry Birds. But, I don't want to say Angry Birds so I'm going to have to be creative with how I explain the game. I want Chi to be angry with her computer because it's not working so perhaps I'll start my first 100 words showing her frustration.Step four: Once you've brainstormed for a minute, sit down again at your computer and beside the number 1. write a sentence about what you decided to do. Then, write for ten minutes. Set a timer if you need to and just write. It doesn't matter if what you write is crap, that's what editing is for.
1. Chi gets frustrated with civil war homework and turns to her boyfriend Roman--who is playing Angry Birds--for help.
Xochitl Lawson slammed her fingers down on the keyboard. “I hate computers! They're useless, little things.” She dropped her laptop down beside her on the bed.Step five: Repeat steps three and four another nine times. Not only have you written 100 words, you've gotten ten minutes of exercise. That's a start, right!?
She looked up and rubbed her eyes. When had it become dark? The room was now lit only by two laptops. After she uncrossed her legs, she scooted to the edge of the bed. Her boyfriend, Roman Winters, lay on his stomach on the floor. He was busy playing a game—shooting screaming birds at snorting pigs.
“What’s the problem now, Chi?” he asked, not taking his eyes off the screen. “I’ll help you in a minute. I’m almost done this level.”