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Writing Warm Ups: Get Your Brain in Shape — 19 Comments

  1. I love this post as it really resonates with me at the moment. I’m on a challenge to write a blog post each day (minimum 500 words).

    Thanks for sharing these great tips – I’m definitely going to be checking out 750words.com

    I must admit each day it does get slightly easier but there are still days when I wonder what shall I write about!

    • I did a blog challenge a few months ago. In the end, I didn’t post every day — I think I did 27 of the 31 days. I highly recommend participating in this type of challenge — it can teach you more about what it takes to be a successful blogger than just about anything else.

      I never ran out of things to write about because before the challenge even started I brainstormed 30 post ideas that fit my target market. Then, each day, I read through my list and wrote about the one that inspired me that day. Funny thing is that as the challenge went on, I found MORE things that I wanted to write about, so I am still working on getting those original 30 ideas to paper, lol.

      Good luck on your blog challenge. I am confident that you will discover that you have lot more to say that you ever imagined.

  2. Interesting. I can’t say I really suffer from writers block I rarely struggle making the word count! But then I don’t blog every day I only really write when I think I have some great content for people.

    But I do agree that online tools can be useful.

    One thing I find useful is to use Evernote (it’s on my iPad, iPhone and all my computers) and every time I think of an idea throw it in there. Then when it comes time to writing I have a list of heaps of ideas to start with and once I start I can’t stop!

    • Dan, great idea to keep a tickler file for ideas as they occur to you. I do the same thing! When I’m stuck for inspiration I just look in that file and always find something to write about. One of the interesting things that I’ve noticed is that some of the ideas get better with time. I think we, as writers and as humans, have a tendency to discount our own ideas as being not good “enough.” When you put some distance between having the idea and actually implementing it, you can see the idea with fresh eyes, almost like someone else came up with it.

  3. Good suggestions for those of you that don’t have a background in journalism.

    There are far too many bloggers out there who simply cannot write. The worst is when they start all sentences with I.

    The sad part about it is there are a lot of interesting information out there that’s never read because readers lose interest after a few seconds.

    • I read a rather interesting article yesterday on biznik.com that actually illustrates your point well, Catarina. The writer of the post was trying to make the point that most “writers” can’t publish their work without having it meet someone else’s approval, while Internet Marketers don’t seek this kind of feedback before publishing, and writers would be more successful if they were more like Internet Marketers in this regard. However, the strength of her argument was diminished when her article started out with a question that was lacking the proper punctuation!

      ALL writers — professional journalists, fiction and non-fiction “writers”, bloggers, and even Internet Marketers — can benefit from having an editor proofread their work. And the less experienced the writer is, the more benefit that could be gained from such a relationship. The trick, from the writer’s perspective, is to be open to hearing criticism of your work, but strong enough to not take it personally, and to find an editor who will give you feedback that is frank and encouraging at the same time.

  4. Lesa,

    That sounds like a fun website, I will have to give that a try! I have always loved writing though sometimes feeling the pressure of needing to have something written can shut down my creative juices completely. Having an exercise that that site provides could be a great remedy for that.

    Thanks,
    Stacy

  5. Hello Lesa,
    I love everything you mentioned here. I’ve noticed that it is difficult getting into the flow when you’ve not written consistently for a period of time. Thanks for the 750words.com suggestion; you made it practical.

    Have A Lovely Day!

    • We generally think of “habits” as only the bad kind, but things that are good for you can be habits too! Having a regular time set aside for writing really does make a difference. You will find that you spend less time getting into the flow of writing, so you’ll get much more written in the same amount of time.

  6. Lesa I’m hearing about 750words.com for the second time. I have not tried it so far. But something that watches me and rewards me for writing everyday can’t be ignored. Writing for 5 blogs of my own and guest posting on various other blogs, I absolutely need to exercise and keep my brain fit. Thanks for motivating me enough 🙂 I’m heading over to 750words.com now.

    • Jane,
      After you’ve given 750words.com a try, come back and let me know what you think. It’s a great tool for casual writers as well as writers who are a bit more serious about their craft (like you — wow, 5 blogs, that’s a lot of writing!).

      • Lesa, I just completed my first 750 words (indeed the blog post is now going up to 1100 words). I simply can’t express how clean I feel with the flow of ideas. The day was too tiring and busy, yet I could complete my first 750! Amazing. I love the sense of commitment it gives me 🙂 Must thank you a lot 🙂

        • Jane,

          My writing is improving as well. I love 750words! I’m starting to type faster and it is the perfect remedy for when I’m feeling uninspired! I also love the reward system!

          Stacy

  7. 750Words is fantastic! I’m out of practice with it right now, but I’ve always found it to be a useful tool, not just for breaking through writer’s block, but also for fleshing out thoughts that have been percolating around my subconscious. There’s just something about sitting down and forcing yourself to write a certain number of words that helps me sort out my thoughts.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Jane, Sarah, and Stacy,
      So glad that you all are enjoying 750words.com! As you’ve discovered, using 750words regularly can really help you with your writing, but it can also help you be more articulate in general. Having a safe place to get out those words that are inside you — without judging them or yourself — can free you in unimaginable ways. Keep enjoying your daily 750 words!

  8. Hi Lesa,
    Great Post with a powerful suggestions.
    I appreciate the resource, I have never heard of it until now.
    They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. From my experience, I would have to agree.
    So off I go to 750wrods.com and see what happens 🙂

    Thanks again,
    Jeff

  9. Hey Lesa,
    Great article. Love the idea to create a writing habit! At first it may seem challenging to write so many words, and with daily practice becomes easier. It does require discipline. I have found that now having written over 130 posts, I am able to write more in less time. Naturally focused on providing valuable content in the process. You can also wake up your creative juices by reading more. I make it a habit to read 1 book each week and that helps too 🙂 Great blog!

    • Creating a writing habit makes writing SO much easier. Your writing brain is a lot like the other muscles in your body — use it regularly and it preforms better for you.

      I just passed 100 posts on my blog. There’s something quite satisfying about seeing that number in the triple digits. Congratulations to you, Janet, for also passing that milestone.

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