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20 Minutes of Writing

20 minutes of writing

The hole in the wall was just big enough for my eye. I peeked, but I couldn’t see a thing. Thomas told me to keep looking. Just wait, he said, he’ll show up eventually. The room inside had a bluish color, it reminded me of my grandma’s hair. Did you hear that sound? Thomas whispered into my ear. It’s the sound of the Reaper. Can you hear the footsteps? He’s coming. Thomas kept pushing me towards the wall. Keep looking, he’s coming. I wanted so badly to close my eyes, but it was like I needed to watch what was happening in the room next door. Come on, you’re 12 years old, you can do it. I wanted to tell him to stop pushing me, but I couldn’t, because the sound was so close, and it was coming closer and closer. One, I started counting slowly. Two, I kept my eyes closed. Three, I opened them. Four, and there he was. Joe, the six five, big bearded man, who kidnapped us three hours ago.

Thomas started laughing, it was a chuckling sound. Can you see him? Doesn’t he look scary? What a rush. I can feel the adrenalin pumping. Shh, keep your voice down. Alright, he said, but what do you think our parents are doing right now, do you think they’ve called the cops? Come one, I know you’re having as much fun as I am. Shh. Yes I am, I told him, but keep your voice down. You know that he has killed three boys, and that we’re next. So keep it down. Yeah, but the difference is that this time, we tracked him down, even though we’re on his turf, he won’t have a clue what hit him, and you know that we’re out of his league, right? What’s he doing now? I kept looking, and I knew that Joe had made the hole for us to see, and that the other three boys, and God knows how many others who had been inside this room, had most likely been standing in the same spot as me looking as well. He’s in a chair, and he is holding the biggest knife I’ve ever seen. Wow, this guy is something. How come the cops and the FBI have been looking for him for years? You can tell that he’s a serial killer just by looking at him. I turn and watch Thomas. So, how much time do we have left? He asks me. According to the papers, three more days, unless we want it to end right now. What do you say, are you ready?

What you’ve just read was 20 minutes of writing. I didn’t have a clue what to write about, I didn’t have a plan, I just wanted to write for 20 minutes and that’s all. And I didn’t do any editing at all. I might not be able to use the words for anything, or maybe I will. The thing is, I just love to write, and even though what I’m writing isn’t part of a SEO strategy, or about blogging, or how to earn money online, I believe that the important part is to write every single day. If you keep hustling, something good will eventually happen.

50 responses to “20 Minutes of Writing”

  1. Carolyn Nicander Mohr says:

    Wow. Powerful, intriguing, captivating. You have packed amazing plot, character development and a twist into 20 minutes. The start to your next novel? I hope so!

    • Thank you so much Carolyn. I have no idea what I’ll be doing with this. I just started writing this morning for 20 minutes, and I thought no matter what happened, I’ll turn it into a post as an example of what can happen in 20 minutes πŸ™‚

      Maybe I’ll write a novel in English this time πŸ™‚

      • Carolyn Nicander Mohr says:

        Great idea, Jens. Between the US measurement of the height of the guy and the reference to the FBI, no one would guess you’re not a native Enlish speaker!

        I keep thinking about your story. πŸ™‚

        • I have been watching a lot of movies and TV shows like Criminal Minds, but I was sure that I was messing up, since I only did this in 20 minutes and didn’t check for any errors at all. So, there are probably a few, even though the text is short πŸ™‚

          Thanks a lot for your support Carolyn.

  2. Asma khan says:


    Nice article sharing.Just in twenty minutes you captured me I gain more than enough.Sometimes we learn alot in a few seconds.

    Keep it up. πŸ™‚

  3. Bill Dorman says:

    Hmmmmm……….is this part of the direction your book is headed? I think this is something Start Your Novel could use. Interesting indeed; I have a thought, pass this along your community and let the story develop as each person writes their 20 minutes and passes it along to the next……….

    • Hey Bill,

      I’m actually not sure what I’m going to do with this text, or if it’s a direction or not. I just started writing. And I was going to write a story called “The Vegetarian Mind” but ended up with this πŸ™‚

      I haven’t heard of Start Your Novel, what’s that?

      Sending it to my community sounds like a great idea. I might do that, I just need to think about if I want to develop it any further, or just pass it along.

      Thanks a lot.

    • Carolyn says:

      Jens, Here is the link to Start Your Novel. I have been in creative writing groups where someone started a story and then passes it along. It’s a lot of fun! Great idea, Bill.

      • Thanks a lot Carolyn.

        This is the first time I’ve heard of it. But, when you pass it along, what happens? Is the point that they’ll start writing on the novel, and it turns out to be team-work, and not my novel? I don’t have a problem with that at all, but it’s interesting what happens in the end, who owns the content?

        Thanks a lot πŸ™‚

  4. Sergio Felix says:

    Hey Jens,

    Wow dude, you really have a way with words and storytelling.

    The good thing is that you’re getting real close to publish your first novel and I’m pretty sure that once that happens, you’ll be wanting to write even more.

    This was a VERY cool outcome for your 20 minutes of free writing, I really envy that talent of yours (in a good way of course!).

    You’re completely right about practicing and eventually good things will start emerging from our writings.

    All the best man and have an awesome weekend, cheers!


    • Hi Sergio,

      Thanks a lot. I have just started doing exercises like this, but I can see how much I can learn from doing only 20 minutes every single day, as long as I’m focused.

      Have a fantastic weekend.

  5. Lenia says:

    Hi Jens,
    That is nice! You give us your message with a great example here πŸ™‚
    What was your inspiration source for this 20 minute-writing?
    Well done!

    Have a good day.

  6. Rizwan Sultan says:

    Hey Jens,

    You are telling lie boy if it’s your 20 minute effort so I am going to salute you :).By the way very appreciate-able post keep it up.

    • Hi Rizwan,

      I’m not lying πŸ™‚

      I take that as a compliment. I didn’t have a clue what to write about, so I just started out, the same way I did with the novel I have written. I like to just start to write and see where the story will go. Sometimes it turns out to be terrible, other times it turns out fairly good πŸ™‚

  7. Adrienne says:

    I agree with Carolyn Jens, this needs to be the beginning on another novel. I love those types of stories, the ones that keep me on the edge of my seat.

    Wow, and that just flowed from your brain in 20 minutes. I’m so impressed. Great job and maybe you’ll continue to tease us with more the next time you sit down to write for just 20 minutes. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Adrienne,

      I will think about this during the weekend. Maybe it’s something I can keep writing on and turn into an interesting story, and maybe it can be my first book on Kindle πŸ™‚

      I haven’t thought much about it, but coming from you and Carolyn, I am going to think about what I should be doing with it. It was just something I wrote for 20 minutes, and I thought that I wouldn’t use it for anything other than an example of what you can do in 20 minutes.

      Thanks a lot for the feedback Adrienne. I really appreciate the support.

  8. Jack says:

    Hi Jens,

    I like this. I agree with you about the value of writing every day. It makes a huge difference. I have to reiterate that I am really impressed that you can write so well in English.

    I know from my own experience that when I speak Hebrew I think differently. There is something about language that changes our perspective in some ways. Even when I was speaking it daily I couldn’t write something as sophisticated as you put together.

    Very nicely done.

    • Wow. Thanks a lot Jack. This means a lot to me.

      It’s a lot harder to write in English, but I keep working hard at it every single day, and I’m feeling that I’m getting better at it, even though I still make some simple mistakes again and again πŸ™‚

  9. Bhupendra says:

    Awesome post with great inspiration and i finally understand how much 20 minutes of writing is important for me.

    • That’s awesome, and that was the whole point of publishing the short story. 20 minutes is a lot more than most people think. I used to believe that I needed several hours just to get started writing, now I try to write as soon as I have a few minutes.

      Thanks a lot for your comment.

  10. Hajra says:

    I just read Jack’s blog post about writing and making it a habit and bam.. you are another example of how brilliant it can actually be!

    Your 20 minute writing is definitely something to be proud of!

    And I thought only 20 minute power naps had credibility! πŸ˜‰

    • I read Jack’s blog post just after I published mine, that was weird πŸ™‚

      I should try the 20 minute power naps.

      Thanks a lot for your feedback. That’s the reason why I publish “weird” content like this πŸ™‚

  11. Matt Fox says:

    Well done for 20 minutes. I’ve been doing something similar (almost) every morning for the past few months. I got it from Julia Camron’s The Artist’s Way. It’s called the Morning Pages ( and I use it to clear my thoughts and just start writing.

    For me it’s a way to get started and just barf out anything in my brain to prime the pump. Did you feel better or have any increase in creative flow after doing this?

    • Hey Matt,

      This is the first time I’ve heard of morning pages, even though that’s what I have been doing. My problem is that I don’t have a routine to keep writing like this every morning. There are so many things happening all the time, and many times I do the mistake of opening my email, or logging into social media accounts, and the next thing I know, it’s not morning anymore πŸ™‚

      I feel a lot better after doing a session of writing in the morning. I feel that I have created something, and that I have started on something that can either be something worth continuing or at least something I can keep in my archive and use later on.

      Thanks a lot for your comment and the link Matt. I’ll be taking a look at Julia Camron’s The Artist Way.

  12. Jens P. Berget says:

    Thanks a lot πŸ™‚

  13. So when is your next novel coming up Jens!

    Wish such kind of writing you could come up with a new one every few months! Being a freelance writer, I couldn’t really agree with what everyone above also mentioned- that you get better with practice and if you DO write everyday there’s nothing stopping you.

    And most importantly, what comes spontaneously, or from the heart is what real writing is all about. Of course, you never take into consideration the SEO or edit, or check the grammar etc at the first draft. And if you have been writing regularly, the grammar and editing gets better as well.

    At the end of the day, you just need to remain focused and sit down to write- and do it every single day. Even if its for a short time or a few words, it only makes you better.

    Thanks for the wonderful reminder πŸ™‚

    • Hi Harleena,

      I’m not sure about my next novel, and right now I’m thinking about maybe my next novel should be in English. I don’t write as good in English, but I love the instant feedback and the support I’m receiving. That’s true inspiration. But, I’m not sure what genre I’ll be writing either. I’ve just been writing about a serial killer, even though it’s probably a little different than most novels about serial killers, I’m thinking that maybe I should try something different. I’m really not sure, but I love to write, so I’ll probably just keep doing what I’m doing and see what happens.

      On the other hand, I feel that I’m lazy. I come up with different things all the time, but I don’t do much about it, and I’ve read about authors that keep writing for 14-15 hours every single day. I usually don’t work for many hours, even though I’m constantly thinking about the process and the story. I guess that’s work too πŸ™‚

      Thanks a lot for your awesome comment Harleena.

  14. olatoun-graceny says:

    Very inspirational. Nice article, it was a good piece full of suspense…I was wondering who the guy was,I was alittle scarced for u and thomas… spontaneous writing is not a bad idea afterall.

    • Thanks a lot πŸ™‚

      I have no idea who the guy was, and the name of the character is just something I made up, even though I know several people with that name. Thomas is a common name in Norway.

      I might be publishing more of the 20 minutes drafts, I really enjoy the feedback πŸ™‚

  15. Thanks a lot. Maybe I’ll start doing them once in a while, well, if I think what I just wrote was entertaining πŸ™‚

  16. Thanks a lot for the feedback πŸ™‚

    Maybe I’ll start publishing more short stories, but hopefully they’ll have endings πŸ™‚

  17. Thanks a lot for the feedback. I’ll do my best to keep the posts of fairly high quality πŸ™‚

  18. olatoun-graceny says:

    Whaoo!!!. I think you should compel them and publish.It is obvious that you are a good writer any random issue you write about will still turn out great.

  19. Nicholle Olores says:

    That was great Jens! A 20 minutes of writing sounds great I actually can’t do it. You really did a great job!

    • You can do it. Just sit down for 20 minutes, start writing and don’t think about anything other than the words you are writing. It’s a lot of fun, and you’ll discover that you can do things that you didn’t think was possible πŸ™‚

  20. Becca says:

    Wow! i wish i can do that! you really inspire us. keep on posting
    useful post.
    great job!

  21. Asad Umrani says:


    In twenty minutes sometimes we get a strong ideas but somehow we cay say that not possible for every person.

    keep it up!

    • Hi Asad,

      If we focus, 20 minutes is a lot of time. I agree that not every person will get as much done in 20 minutes, but nevertheless, it’s important that they’ll give it a shot πŸ™‚

  22. Gagan Arora says:

    great share about 20 minute of writing and one day it will change your life….

  23. tony hao says:

    Hi Jens,
    That is nice! You give us your message with a great example here πŸ™‚
    What was your inspiration source for this 20 minute-writing?
    Well done!

    Have a good day.

    • Hi Tony,

      I didn’t have any inspiration at all. I just wanted to write for 20 minutes and I had no clue what to write about. So, I started writing and this is what I ended up with πŸ™‚

      Thanks a lot for the feedback.

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