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 a...


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 w...


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 you...


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.



Expose It to Different People

Feedback is very important. Having someone read over your writing can highlight issues like typos or grammatical issues,  and help you to clean up your work.

Experiment with New Formats

New formats are exciting and scary, and definitely worth doing if you want to stretch your writing muscle.

Try new kinds of content (articles, opinions, announcements, etc.) and play with different formats, to see what works best (images usually make a post more interesting, regardless of format).

Change Your Workflow

Try different methods, environments, and schedules in your quest for a workflow that suits you.

Experimenting is really helpful in determining what works and what doesn't.

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Common Obstacles To Writing

  • You’re busy: separate 5-15 minutes to write, first thing in the morning, and stick to it.
  • You’re intimidated: The important thing is to start.
  • You’re not ...

Commit To Writing Every Day This Month

Make a public commitment, to people who will hold you accountable. You don’t need to publish your writing each day, but just write at least 5 minutes a day.

It can be any type of writing and it doesn’t have to be good, so let go of your desire for perfection.

Set Aside 5-10 Minutes

Setting your writing time during the morning is ideal as you haven’t gotten busy yet. But find what works for you and treat this appointment as unmissable.

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What Time Management Is

Time is our precious resource. It is perishable, it is irreplaceable, and it cannot be saved. It can only be reallocated from activities of lower value to activities of higher value.


Eat That Frog!

Your “frog” is your most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it.

If you have two important tasks, start your day with the biggest, hardest, and most important task first. Focus on completing it before you go to the next one.

Failure to execute

We tend to confuse activity with accomplishment: we attend endless meetings and make plans, but at the end of the day, no one does the job and gets the results required.

“Failure to execute” is among the biggest problems in organizations today.

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