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4 Writing Exercises That Help Keep My Sanity

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4 Writing Exercises That Help Keep My Sanity
Writing is hard, like, all the time man. I'm not going to spend too much time setting this one up. It's pretty straightforward - writing is tough and sometimes we need a little boost to get us going, hell, some of us need something just to feel like we accomplished something.

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Ditch the screen

Instead, use a pen and paper. Writing on paper re-wires the brain to be more attentive to your writing. There are also fewer distractions.

Pen and paper are also more convenient to carry around with you.

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Forgotten works-in-progress

Re-engaging with old, abandoned work sometimes reignites creativity. Whether you are inspired to do a fresh draft of the story or using elements from it, old stories help bring new life into your work.

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Go for a walk

It is rather common to sit and stare at a blank screen for a bit before the writing flows.

Use the lull by doing something active to simplify your focus. A calm walk can help you gather your thoughts and build momentum to start writing.

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Call a buddy

In the beginning, your ideas can be scattered in your head.

Call a buddy to talk about your ideas. It will help your thoughts to become more organized.

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Eat That Frog!

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