Monday, November 26, 2012

The Importance of Exercise (in Writing)

Just like our bodies, our writing can benefit from flexing those specialized muscles. Whether you're a published pro or a newbie it doesn't matter. We can ALWAYS improve, and that's exactly what we should strive for. So while we work our way through the holidays and all the temptation (whether the edible kind or the time kind), we're going to focus on some ways to work out that won't take too long and will keep us moving forward. 

Let's start with step one: Preparation

Are you a Plotter? Then you've probably got this covered. But Pantser or Plotter, it doesn't matter, other things and people need your attention and even the best laid plans can fall to the wayside, especially this time of year. But if you make a promise to yourself, if you write it down and plan it out, you can find more time than you thought possible. And since this is an exercise program, let's start with fifteen minutes a day. Can you squeeze that in to improve your writing? I pledge to do it too. So let's work on it together. What do you say? 

Find your calendar and dig out those fifteen minutes. Wake up early, go to bed late, take a shorter lunch, whatever it means. You've already improved, because you've made a commitment to yourself and your writing. Doesn't that feel good? Next Monday we'll get moving and in the meantime I want you to fill in these blanks for next week and those to come. Who's with me? 

Character Name:


Deepest Desire:

Deepest Fear:

Okay. That's good for now. Baby steps, right? 


  1. Sounds like a great plan for writing and for exercising our bodies, which is so important this time of year.

  2. Thanks for the pep-talk. I so needed it. It's tough to stay faithful to my writing regiment during the holiday season.

  3. I've never thought of it quite this way. Awesome. And those basic questions are perfect for me right now as I begin plotting my new project.

  4. Great nudge. It seems that excercise usually needs a nudge. ;)

  5. Yes, planning is essential. I feel like it's something I have to schedule the way I schedule everything else.

  6. omg--I've got to start this NOW for Rouge #2. My goal is to have it ready late winter, and girl! I have got to get ON it! Great kick in the tushie~ :D <3

  7. Great advice! It's so easy to let time slide by if you don't have a plan! :)

  8. Love this! The fifteen minute goal is awesome because it's not intimidating. As I push through this first draft, I keep reminding myself that it'll get written bits at a time, and that's ok. Thanks, Lisa!

  9. I love this idea! I can do 15 minutes!! Thanks for the motivation :)