Writing as exercise

Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
Jane Yolen

One of my favorite teachers would always say “anything worth doing is worth doing imperfectly”. Writing to me is worth doing.

If you are finding that you struggle with writing daily, do just a small bit. If a paragraph seems too much, write one sentence. You may find after your commitment to just one sentence, you have another in you, and then another and another. But maybe not, maybe on Wednesday’s you have only one sentence.Just don’t let your writing muscles seize up. Stretch them every day, take notes for later, record words on a walk or write a letter to an old friend.As in exercise, the effective is cumulutive. Today write one sentence. That’s it, anything after that is up to you. Now get back to work.


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