The Egg Timer (Chuck Palahniuk)

“Due anni fa, il primo di questi saggi che scrissi riguardava il mio metodo di scrittura a “timer da cucina”. Non hai mai letto questo saggio, ma ecco il metodo: quando non ti va di scrivere, imposta un timer da cucina su un’ora (o mezz’ora) e siediti a scrivere finché il timer non suona. Se ancora non ti va di scrivere, sarai comunque libero in un’ora. Ma di solito, non appena il timer suona, sarai così coinvolto e divertito dal lavoro che continuerai. Al posto del timer, puoi azionare una lavatrice o una lavastoviglie e usarle come cronometro. Alternare all’impegno della scrittura il lavoro ripetitivo di queste macchine ti darà le pause necessarie per le nuove idee e le intuizioni di cui hai bisogno. Se poi non sai come continuare la storia… pulisci il bagno, cambia le lenzuola, per amor del cielo!, spolvera il computer. Arriverà una idea migliore”. Chuck Palahniuk.kj

Two years ago, when I wrote the first of these essays it was about my “egg timer method” of writing.  You never saw that essay, but here’s the method:  When you don’t want to write, set an egg timer for one hour (or half hour) and sit down to write until the timer rings.  If you still hate writing, you’re free in an hour.  But usually, by the time that alarm rings, you’ll be so involved in your work, enjoying it so much, you’ll keep going.  Instead of an egg timer, you can put a load of clothes in the washer or dryer and use them to time your work.  Alternating the thoughtful task of writing with the mindless work of laundry or dish washing will give you the breaks you need for new ideas and insights to occur.  If you don’t know what comes next in the story…  clean your toilet.  Change the bed sheets.  For Christ sakes, dust the computer.  A better idea will come.

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Hello! I am Kiki and I make ASMR videos on youtube. My aim is to relax you and tingle you! I am a translator who also happens to write a lot. Being a writer has always been my lifelong dream. I am also very fond of languages. I hope you will have fun on my website! Love and hugs Kiki

One thought on “The Egg Timer (Chuck Palahniuk)

  1. This is great 🙂 I can really relate to this lol. When I write my ASMR articles I do laundry haha. I have my oven timer set to when it needs to be dried. Sometimes it sits though if I am on a roll hehe. And the dishes sit in soapy water until I remember they need to be washed lol A nice break to give the mind fresh ideas, but on those days my chores seem to last all day =D At least then I know I was feeling it! 😀


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