The Moment

Writing Process Reengineering organizes your writing process into discrete “writing moments”. They normally last twenty-seven minutes and are followed by a three-minute break. Each writing moment produces a single prose paragraph of at least 6 sentences and at most 200 words. A formal writing moment is always planned the day before, specifying when, where and what will be written. Once planned, it should be respected as one would respect a planned meeting or class.

For example, at the end of a working day, a writer will decide to write a paragraph that says that the Internet has changed the way businesses communicate with their customers from 8:00 to 8:27 in their office. Then at 8:00 the next day the moment begins without any ambiguity about what is going to happen. This gives writing a “here” and a “now” in which to happen. It should be experienced as a kind of freedom (an opportunity to write) not a constraint (a compulsion to write).