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Have you ever thought about what you can and can't do in a minute or less?
Strange question, I know. Let me tell you a brief story while this comes to mind. Just about every night I have a routine I go through (except in the summertime). I fix a cup of Cappuccino from a mix that I found that is really good. Here's my process:
I have a mug (actually I think it's a soup mug) but anyway, I use milk instead of water with my mix. So I pour my milk in the cup, place the cup in the microwave for 55 seconds. When the bell dings, I take it out, add the Cappuccino mix, whip it up with my handy little battery-operated wand, and place it back in the microwave for another 55 seconds. At the second ding, I take it out, pour a little Kahlua in, mix it up with the wand and top it off with whipped cream. (Now I'm thirsty.)
I explained the whole process for this reason - during those two 55-second periods of time I am amazed at what I can and can't do sometimes.
The first 55 seconds is always spend fixing a napkin with a little whipped cream on it for my cat, Little One (shown my photo). She loves it. My other cat, Gum Drop, doesn't. The nights I don't fix Cappuccino, I still have to give Little One her whipped cream. She goes to the frig and sits in front of it until I fix it.
During the second 55-seconds I do various other things. Some nights I seem to get several things done before the ding, other nights nothing.
Less than a minute is not long, yet it can be an eternity depending on the situation. In a murder mystery, as in real life, it takes less than a minute for a person to become a killer and one or more people the victim(s). Do you enjoy reading where they action of the killer is quick and over in less than a minute? Or do you prefer to have the action drawn out? As a writer, is it harder to extend the moments of the killer's actions or make them quick and to the point?
We can read, "John was shot and killed" or "John felt a burning sensation as the bullet tore through his flesh seconds before he took his last breath."
Have you thought about what can be done in less than a minute?
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