Here are a few suggestions on how to spend your fifteen minutes:
- Spew out your ideas and thoughts. You can fix them later.
- Find a sentence that needs work and polish it. You’ll find that your best writing is something that’s rewritten.
- Find a cliché and turn the phrase into something original.
- Look for unnecessary adverbs. They usually precede weak verbs. Replace both with strong verbs.
- Check dialogue. Make sure it moves the story forward rather than simply informing the reader of useless facts.
- Change passive voice to active voice—it’s bolder.
- Find a passage that’s been over-written. A good example is “telling” the reader something you’ve just “shown” them. The reader usually gets it the first time.