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Article Marketing Tip: Make Writing Easier By Doing A Writing Warm-Up
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Warm-up the writing part of your brain with this simple exercise...

Why do we have trouble getting started writing?

Here are a few ideas:

  • We put so much pressure on ourselves to be great, to have novel ideas, and to write beautifully, that we freeze up. We intimidate ourselves with our own expectations.
  • We are not used to writing. Our brain is not limber enough to come up with ideas freely and express them in the written word.

There can be all sorts of mental hurdles that cause you to trip up when you sit down to write.

The idea of warming-up before doing a task is not unique–athletes do it all the time.

  • Baseball players will take several practice swings before stepping into the batter’s box.
  • Football (Soccer) players will do drills where they practice moving from side to side very quickly, passing the ball to another player, and simulating other movements that they will make on the field.
  • Golfers will practice their swing before stepping up to the ball to take a shot.

The same principle applies to writing.

Your brain needs a warm-up before you can launch into writing an article. Your brain can also benefit from daily writing exercises to keep the wheels running smoothly.

Here is your writing warm-up exercise:

1 – Sit at your keyboard or get a notepad and pen.

2 – Get a timer going, one that doesn’t make noises as it counts of the seconds. Set it for anywhere from 3-5 minutes.

3 – Start writing anything.

No one will be seeing what you’re writing but you.

It doesn’t have to be revolutionary. You might give yourself some help by telling yourself that you are purposely writing things that don’t matter.

No one will ever look at this warm-up that you’re doing so it doesn’t matter what you write or how you say it or any typos that are in there at all. It’s just for your mind to get loosened up and for you to turn off the perfectionist part of your brain.

4 – Write continuously for the allotted time, without stopping.

5 – If you are a perfectionist, you might need to close your eyes while you type, or you may be to distracted by your own typos. Let the typos stand and don’t make any corrections. Blindfold yourself if you need to.

6 – If you run out of things to write….

–Just type the last word/words that you wrote over and over and over and over and over and over and over (like what I just did there).

–Or just start hitting keys on your keyboard even if they don’t make any sense at all.

–Or just start typing words even if they don’t make sense together. The point is, don’t stop writing. Just keep going no matter what until the end of your timer. You can write about anything–whatever is on your mind.

7 – If you are having trouble getting started, write about that. Also, write things that encourage you to relax and let your guard down. Remind yourself that you don’t need to be brilliant.

See the example below of one of my writing warm-ups (typos purposefully left in):

I can’t think of anything to write. I’m supposed to be werourwrriting for 5 minutes and I don’t have any idea what to put on paper or hwat osort of thing will come out of this or why I’m doing this, but I need to keep typing and get some thoughts down even if the thoughts don’t make sens and most of these don’t, but that’s okay. Tithier there is a lit oolot of stuff that pops into my head that is not that great, but then aain theresr other stuff that is okay. No pressure, just write and let your brain get relaxed. Take few practice swings and get losened up.

8 – You can move from 3 minutes, to 5, to 10 minutes or even 20 minutes. Start out small, because if you think you’ve got a long way to go that in itself can be a pressure.

9 – Do this every day. This is like oiling a squeaky door hinge. It’s also like stretching before you workout. You’re just trying to get the mechanics of writing going, waking up the writing part of your brain from a deep slumber.

Tips:

  • Don’t censor what you think. Write exactly what you think even if it’s something that you would never admit to anyone.
  • Don’t edit your typing or your language at all.
  • Don’t worry about making sense or coming up with great ideas. Give yourself permission to write poorly and be unimpressive. Remember, no one will see this writing warm-up but you.

Questions for you:

Have you ever used a writing warm-up exercise before?

How has it benefited you?

Photo Credit:

Writing by J. Paxon Reyes


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12 Responses to “Article Marketing Tip: Make Writing Easier By Doing A Writing Warm-Up”

  1. Sahail says:

    Hello

    The technique you’ve outlined here confirms the fact that all writers have to do to get started is just write.

    When faced with writing a ten page report for a client recently all I could do is literally refuse to think about it.

    Instead I wrote the title, ate a doughnut and then just started writing for ten minutes (as my absolute deadline).

    Guess what? I finished the report an hour later.

    You have to get started to finish.

  2. Sanya says:

    Hi,

    great Idea to write something on paper or in Article is very important. But how to write, in which way, that is basic and difficult decision. After when you start with writing, ideas will come it self. So, just Start with writing !

    nice weekend to everyone !

    Sanya

  3. Martin says:

    Hi Steve,

    Your tips help me so much.

    I love your style of article writing and this article in particular makes real sense. I will be putting this tip into practice anytime I get writers block.

    Many thanks,

    Martin.

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  5. Steve again I have to say I love your writing style, you give so many great tips I always look forward to your emails because I know there going to give me something that will help me. Thank you very much I will try the writing warm up tip because it actually make a lot of sense.

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  8. Very useful. The analogy to the warm-ups in sports is convincing. Thanks!

  9. Bharath says:

    Hi Steve,
    Thanks for this great idea! writing warmup. Having tried it now, I can say that it helps me gain momentum and keeps my writing flowing.
    Regards,
    bharath

  10. Sir,
    I am following your guidance for writing article. I need guidance for article topics or shall I write on own topics. kindly send me the reply.

    with regards,
    Umamaheshwaran

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