My children are deep into the Half-Price Books summer reading program where the Top Reader is determined by the number of minutes read over the course of June and July. In seeking the grand prize of a $20 gift card (think of all those glorious books!), they know that every minute counts.
As of July 14, these are the tallies of minutes read since June 1 ~
13yo ~ 5,850 minutes
11yo ~ 5,170 minutes
9yo ~ 2,675 minutes
7yo ~ 890 minutes
4yo ~ 670 minutes
2yo ~ 590 minutes
While life as an adult has prevented me from amassing these amounts of minutes, I, too, have been known to sneak in minutes of reading…while stirring supper, brushing my teeth, sitting in line at the ATM. I even tried reading while driving when I was in college, but that’s not exactly conducive to concentration on the printed page.
But what about with writing? What if I snatched and sneaked and stole every spare minute for writing?
What if I jotted down a bit of dialogue whenever I passed my computer…a bazillion times each day?
What if I brainstormed ideas for setting while rolling biscuits and then wrote it out during the ten minutes of baking?
What if I made mental notes for character names and quirks while picking up after the two-year-old and then scribbled them out as he pulled all the toys out again?
What if I moved my laptop to the dining table and, in between discussing O. Henry with the eighth grader and diagramming sentences with the sixth grader, I added a few sentences or even paragraphs to my WIP?
What if, while my husband watches yet another Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, I sit next to him on the couch and research a few details?
What if, instead of quizzing the fifth grader on insect heads, abdomens, and thoraxes (Blech!), I edited my chapter five? Well…we do need to fulfill our commitments, don’t we?
When my moment comes and I get that call, I want to be ready with bunches of books and fleshed-out ideas.
Every minute counts.
Q4U: How do you make your minutes count?
Meghan Carver is a 2013 ACFW Genesis semi-finalist and the author of several articles and short stories. After achieving a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University and Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Millikin University and completing a brief stint in immigration law, Meghan heard God calling her to be at home. Now homeschooling her six children with her college professor husband, Meghan has returned to her first love of writing. She blogs about homeschooling and homemaking at www.MeghanCarver.blogspot.com.