Yes, we’ve come back full circle to this post again. Writing is hard. I wanted to spin a positive twist on and go changed “hard” to “good exercise” which is really synonyms for each other.
Firstly, I hope you’ve all had a wonderful chocolate eating easter.
Here are a few things you should know about writing:
Sore muscles the next day does not equal a good workout
Many people buy into the myth that a good workout means being sore and fatigued the next day. That’s not true! you can have a good exercise and not be sore the next day. I wish I knew all this before I did the Pump class with my sister on Monday. It’s Thursday and I still feel pain in my arms. I can only move my arms < > this high.
The same is true with writing. Don’t write so much that your brain hurts. Don’t write so much that you’re tired to write again 24 hours later. Please don’t do what I had done for about six years; writing in my journal even when my wrist began to hurt. Don’t hurt yourself. Listen to your body both when exercising and writing.
Below is a worksheet of a bunch of writing exercises that primary students do to learn their spelling words. You’ll have to make up your own list of words. But you can look up the words primary students have to learn and use that. Simple is better.
Do warm ups before and after exercising
This is crucial to preventing soreness later on. Do some stretches, lunges, shake yourself, shake your leg. For writing, do writing challenges or exercises. If characters come a bit more easily to you than plot, then write out a bunch of character outlines. If you’re more of a plotter, then brainstorm a bunch of story ideas or even write a ten point plot outline. More on this in a later post and I will make the link here.
Do warm-ups after the exercise or writing the story/poem etc. This could mean resting and meditating. This could mean reading what you’ve written and then reflect on it. Freewriting or brain dumping is a good tool to just let out all your worries and inhibitions on paper. Chances are, you’ll feel a lot better about yourself even if you don’t come up with any solutions to your writing problems.
I’ll let you in on a secret: I hate warm-ups! But I have to practice what I preach and do this too. Warm-ups(or warm-downs?) after writing will be hardest for me to remember and do. I’ll let you know how it goes in a link I’ll put here.
And that’s the end of my writing-exercise analogy. Hope you enjoyed my short post.
This video has writing exercises on writing sentences: