Two minute rule

I meant to mention this earlier, but I started a two minute rule on Tuesday (2/2). The rule is that I write for two minutes absolutely every day, no exceptions. There are no exceptions because—seriously—it’s only two minutes. Except in truly tragic circumstances, it’s just unlikely I’ll ever have any legit excuse to skip a two minute writing session. It’s only two minutes!

Since then, I’ve successfully kept to the rule.

My word counts have been small (very, very small). I had the urge on the very first night to just give up and go to bed without writing, but it took only a second at the computer as I went to shut it down to realize how ridiculous it would be to not write for those two minutes.

Here are the results:

Tues: 22
Wed: 30
Thur: 53

I deliberately chose not to do 5 minutes because it just felt like too big a number. There’s a lot of baggage associated with 5 minutes. I’ve often used that number for sprint writing and it has developed “associations.” :D



I held on for 8 days, until yesterday. I just didn’t want to do it. I had a memorial service to go to and I had plenty of opportunity to get this done before and after that service, but I still didn’t want to do it, and yesterday was one of those days where it just didn’t feel worth doing.

I don’t know what to do about this. All I know is that I feel like I’m beating my head against a wall made of reinforced concrete.