DotWrite21 Prompt: Week 19

Write like a sprinter: Write as though your life depends on those ten minutes.

This week’s prompt is from Tessa Weber who is finishing the UMass Boston MFA program in Creative Writing this year. Tessa writes:

One of the toughest things for a writer is never having enough time to settle into those marathon sessions of writing we all wish for. Everyday life doesn’t always adhere to our needs as writers. So adjust, and write like a sprinter!

Set a clock and give yourself ten minutes (no more, no less) to write as much as you can. No stopping!

Ten minutes is a convenient starting point. It’s a sprint! Feel free to ease into longer runs later. But don’t abandon that ten-minute hard-core pressurized feeling that you have to get it all down on two or three pages. There is something exhilarating about that: Write as though your life depends on it in those ten minutes.

Over time do this exercise again and again, but add five minutes to each session. You might be surprised to find that your longer marathon writing sessions become faster and more productive.

As always, Write on the DOT invites anyone who participates in the #DotWrite21 prompts to share their work. Tag us on social media, or email us at for the chance to be featured on our blog.

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