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DRAW Method


What is the DRAW Method?

The DRAW Method stands for Declutter-Read-Assess-Write.  This 20-minute program gets you writing each day.  If you can write only 110 words a day, and you'll have 40,000 words in a year!

What do I need?

Take 20 minutes each day to help you focus. You MUST have a timer and your Writer's Planner for this exercise. My watch has a five-minute timer to keep me on track. 

You can use an online timer here.


Start by DECLUTTERING for five minutes. You will be amazed at how much you can accomplish in five minutes. Clear a space to work on your desk. Clean space will help your mind settle. Don't get overwhelmed here! When the buzzer goes off, stop.

You will do more tomorrow. After a few  days, your desk will be clean, and you can move onto another area (maybe your files or bookshelves). 


Then READ for five minutes. You want to warm up your brain for words. Stay away from email--it is too easy to go over your five minute allotment. Jot any new ideas in the Idea Grabber section of your planner.

Do you need a five-minute read?  Check out the emails from


Use the next few minutes to ASSESS what's your MIP (most important writing project). 
Flip through your calendar and your list of projects. Get a feeling for what's hot and what can wait. Make notes on your daily/weekly planner. Don't get stuck here. Once you have a MIP, move on to WRITING.


Finally, WRITE. Fill the remainder of your time writing. Use your timer if you need to work on multiple projects. List any submissions, queries, or manuscripts in your planner. 

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