Friday, November 8, 2013

Warm Up Exercise for Your Next Writing Session by Donna McDin

Getting your body ready for your exercise routine or sporting activity is imperative. Stretching of the body and keeping it hydrated helps maintain a healthy level of activity. How does this relate to writing you may be asking by now? When you settle in for your writing session do you have difficulty getting out of the starting gate? Why not “warm up” first? Hey wait a minute I don’t need to stretch my body before writing it’s not strenuous. It may not be on the body, but it certainly is on the mind.

To get your creative juices flowing, don’t focus on your current work-in-progress, edits or research. Rather… journal about your day, an issue or concern you may be experiencing, your hopes and dreams for the future, you name it any topic is game. Through my daily journaling I often times come away with clarity on a particular matter in my life, which then frees up my mind for the creativity to flow. Once you experience the benefits of journaling it will most likely become a habit that you look forward to completing each day. It doesn’t have to take a lot of your time. 15-20 minutes of journaling works well for me.

You will be surprised how energetic you will approach your current writing project once you clear your mind.

I’d enjoy hearing about how you prepare for your writing sessions.

Wishing you successful writing sessions through journal exercising! 


Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
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  1. That's something I've never done, although I know many who do. Your post is encouraging me to give it a try. Thank you, Donna!

    1. Hi Connie,

      Thanks for visiting. I'm glad I've encouraged you!


  2. My starting gate often is locked and I can't get through. I like your idea of journaling. Think I'll try it starting tomorrow. Thanks for the tip.

  3. I rarely take time to journal either, Donna, but was just looking at beautiful journals the other day and was thinking it was time I do so. You are most definitely motivating me in that direction. Thank you for the virtual "kick in the pants" so to speak!



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