Do you suffer from writer’s block? Does your writing feel stiff and detached? Does your inner critic stifle you as you try to express your ideas?
If you’ve ever struggled to get words flowing, have I got something for you!
When you exercise, you start off by warming up your muscles. You do this to limber up, prevent injuries, and get more out of your routine.
The same thing applies to your writing.
Staring at a blank page makes you nervous. It stifles your creativity. It leaves you confused about where to start.
Here’s a better way to begin.
First, write down a prompt. It can be anything – a word, a phrase, a bit of nonsense. It doesn’t matter what it is. All you need is something to get you going.
Set a timer for 10 minutes. As the seconds tick down, write without stopping. Spew out words the entire time. If you’re mad because you can’t think of anything to say, write about that. If your mind wanders to your cat as she curls up in your lap, write about it. Or if you drift off to Hawaii for a minute, write about how you’d love to live there forever.
The key is to get your mental muscles flexing, pumping, and doing work.
You might not keep what you’ve written. However, some of it will be useful. What’s important is, you’ll be writing.
After you warm up, the following things will happen.
You’ll be relaxed.
You’ll be loose.
And you’ll be ready to say what you want in your own voice.
Warm up every time you write. Then you’ll get more readers, more often, with more enthusiasm.
What do you do to get your words to flow? Feel free to share in the comments!