This morning when I was – well let’s be honest – procrastinating over my writing, I found the hashtag #mandomethod followed by a number. I was intrigued. I clicked on #mandomethod and found all kinds of tweets that were similar – #mandomethod 417. #MandoMethod 381. #Mandomethod 591, not bad! What the heck was this Mando Method? It didn’t take much searching for me to find the original blog post that explained what the Mando Method was. I won’t explain it. Just click on the link and you can read the post for yourself. “Well, hell!” I said to myself. “This sounds like a great idea!” So, I set the stopwatch on my phone and started writing. Twenty-one minutes later I had 201 words. TWO HUNDRED AND ONE! If you took the time to link back to the original blog post, you would have seen the following:
Hour 1 – 493 words
Hour 2 – 644 words
Hour 3 – 602 words
Hour 4 – 596 words
Hour 5 – 677 words
Hour 6 – 550 words
Hour 7 – 585 words
Hour 8 – 781 words
Each of those represents 15 minutes of writing. A quick search on Twitter and I came up with pretty similar numbers… including the following:
Eight hundred and fifty-one? Really? It’s not that I doubt @RidiculouslySpeedyWriter at all. I have no doubt that this person wrote 851 words in 15 minutes. What gets me is that I wrote 201 and that took me 21 minutes to write. No wonder The Bastard of Saint Genevra took me five freaking years!
So, I have decided that I am going to blame this on menopause. New hashtag… #amwritingthroughmenopause.