Warm Up Your Creative Side Before Writing

By Jennifer Blanchard

Procrastinators often avoid writing because they have a difficult time getting started once they’re in front of their computers.

If this sounds like you, you may want to try warming up your creative side before you start writing. There are several ways to do this:

  • Start with a writing prompt–Using a “prompt” or writing exercise,  you can warm up your creativity and get your brain in a writing mood.
  • Free write–For five to 10 minutes, write without stopping, letting your subconscious guide the direction you go in. This is also known as journaling.
  • Listen to a few of your favorite songs–Listening to music is a great way to jump-start your creativity.
  • Brainstorm–Take the idea you plan to write about and brainstorm for five to 10 minutes. Write down anything that pops up in your head.
  • Read through what you last wrote–Sometimes re-reading what you wrote during your last writing session is enough to jog your creative side and get it prepped for writing time. This can also work with re-reading notes or previous brainstorms.

I warm up for my writing sessions by reading what I wrote last time and listening to music.

How do you get warmed up for a writing session?

About the Author: Jennifer Blanchard is founder of Procrastinating Writers. Be sure to follow her on Twitter.

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