How the Pomodoro Technique Helped me Write 2000 Words

Ashley Rose
The Writing Cooperative
3 min readJun 28, 2018



Hot of the back of yesterdays post on distraction and fear being the enemy of all art, I have put some of my previously mentioned techniques into practice today.

I woke up this morning the fuzz from last nights writing breakthrough cleared.

I had one item on my agenda today.

Write my book.

It has been over a month since I had looked at my poor dejected novel. Anyone who has written longer than a 3000 word short story will be familiar with loosing track of where your story is at, where your characters are in place and mind.

The general advice is not to reread but to bash on and hammer out as many words, no matter how shitty they are, and edit later. But, I had no idea where my characters were going. I had to reread my last chapter and review my notes.

I decided this morning to give the Pomodoro Technique a go. I had tried it previously at my work and it didn’t serve me well. There were far too many interruptions from others to utilise my set time, the buzzer was ringing before I knew it. Today however, I have been child free and a day off work. No distractions (apart from the glorious sunshine 35 bloody degrees in Scotland, WOW) and the whole 10.30am–3pm to write.

I was determined to make the most of this precious time.

I allowed myself the first 30 minutes to catch up then it was serious writing time.

45 minutes of writing; a 15 minute break with sunshine reward.

With the alarm on my phone set and all other notifications on silent, I was set.

First 45 minutes I typed 738 words, pleased I headed out into the sunshine for my 15 minute break.

Second 45 minutes produced a not too shabby 689 words,

Third and final 45 minutes I gleaned 668 words.

That is a grand total of 2108 in a 3 hour block.

I have to say I am quite pleased with the results.

What had changed from the previous month I had written about yesterday? The distraction drought I have now named it.



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