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Do You Have the ‘Muscles’ for Writing Part 1

Scenario 1 : 
You have the ideas all worked out in your head. You even have an outline. You think you know where you were going.

You sit down to write.  You manage to start but find the going tough. You give up minutes later. You try again for the next few days. It’s painful. You simply don’t have the energy to continue. You throw in the towel.

Scenario 2:
You’ve completed a piece a writing. It was an unpleasant strenuous experience, to say the least. You would like to write but secretly wish you don’t have to. The mental pain it had caused you is simply too much to bear. 

No, you don’t think you’re facing writer’s block. You simply don’t have the energy to continue. You admit you lack the stamina to write.

The problem here is your  writing machinery isn’t  well-oiled. It’s  rusty from lack of writing practice.

Action Plan
The first thing you should do to set things right is to set aside your writing project (if you can afford to). Admit that you’re not well trained for the big game. You’ve got to build your fitness to last longer in the act of putting down words on the page.

You need workouts, stretching and limbering mental exercises, to first loosen  and then strengthen your writing muscles.

Once you’ve enough workouts, you’ll be better prepared to take on the writing task.

Treat the fitness regimen as a  sportsman or  athlete would as he or she prepares for the big game or event.

Here  are two simple workouts that will help you keep you in top shape for writing.

Zero Inertia Writing
This is essential a ‘writing’ muscle-loosening exercise. I call it zero inertia writing is because when doing this workout, you’ll allow no inertia to creep in when you start to write.

You’ll write for the sake of putting down words, any words, on the page. You’ve put down words on paper before and you’re going to do it again. Only this time you aren’t going to be worried what words will be landing there. Any word would do. Even if it doesn’t make sense.

You goal is not produce what is called  real writing.

For instance, you can start writing about what you’re feeling at the moment.
I feel like putting away my pen and not writing anything at all. But yet I know if I do that, I’ll feel guilty for not writing. I feel like writing but I don’t feel like diving into it…

Write on along this vein as long as possible. When you feel you’ve nothing more to say, jump into another topic.

If you’ve nothing more to say, imagine a friend asking, “What did you do last evening?”
I was at the cinema last evening to watch an art movie. While waiting for the show to begin, a man walked up to me and struck up a conversation. He asked me what I did for a living. When I said I was a writer, he lost his temper and said I shouldn’t be at the cinema and should be back home writing….

You’re free to make up things as you go. Think like a child. Everything a child does makes sense to him. There’s no nonsense for a child. He or she simply enjoys what she’s doing without a single thought attached to it. Be a child when it comes to writing and writing will be like play to you. What are you worried about? After all, it’s play time.

Continue writing. Switch to a Q & A mode for the fun of it. Q&A on anything you like.
Q: Who is the best writer in the world?
A: Anyone who keeps coming back to the page no matter what is the best writer in the world.
Q: Is there such a thing as writer’s block?
A: No, it’s another name for ingratitude. You have all it takes to write and yet you complain you can’t get started. Isn’t that ingratitude….

Round it up with a screenplay snippet:
Jane walks into the room and throws her file on the table. John looks at her in surprise and tosses her a chocolate bar. She pushes it away.
John
What’s the matter?
Jane
I’m not happy.
John
Really? I’m not surprised.
Jane
Not surprised?.
John
Yes. All unhappy people are ungrateful people.

Write anything you feel like writing. Feel like writing a poem? Go ahead and write a poem that doesn’t make any sense. Write anything you usually don’t feel like writing when you face the page. The page is your playground when you’re in zero inertia writing mode. Your aim is to make writing as effortless as window shopping. In Zero Inertia Planet words spill out like water out of a faucet. They never stop flowing.

Go Into Stroll Mode
Imagine you’re going for a stroll. Nothing has to come out of it. You just have to put one step after another and keep at it.  Walk anywhere you like. Walk as fast or as slow as you like. Walk for the fun of it. Just like a kid who runs around for the fun of it without knowing that he’s building muscles and strength in the process.

Follow  where the words take you. You don’t control the words. Let all the words you have been suppressing come to the fore.

Just write the first word or sentence that comes to mind and see where that leads you.

If you start doubting what you’re writing, tell yourself that nobody is going to read what you’ve done. You’ve finished playing and that’s it.
You  may want to trash what you’ve written if you feel guilty about how badly you’ve written.

My advise is don’t. Stash it away somewhere and forget about it. Believe me, no matter how ridiculous a piece you think you’ve produced, there will be some hidden gems that warrant polishing some time in the future.

Don’t resort to Zero Inertia writing when your writing is going well. Treat it as a daily routine. Kick start your writing day with it and preferably indulge in it once more before going to bed. Even a few paragraphs will do.

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Writing Fitness :Inspiration and Pain-Free Workouts to Write Longer & Faaster

Writing Fitness

 

No More Losing Your Precious Notes. Retrieve Them On the Go with this Free Online Notepad.

Have you been making quick notes here and there and then have trouble retrieving them because they are all scattered.

Do you make notes on different computers and have to save them each time to yoiur pen drive and then plug it into a different computer when you want continue working on your notes.

Have you wished you could have a notepad where yuou could access anywherre, even on your mobile telephone or tablet and continue working on it without having to save it to your hard drive or pen drive?

If you’ve so wished, there is an online notepad in the form which gives you your own site which will then allow you to save your notes – password-encrypted.

Protexcted Text allows you to keep notes in a tabbed notepad allowing you to work on many projects at a time.

The best part is it’s free and you don’t have to worry about organising your notes from different places.

The next time an idea strikes you when you’re working on a project, just enter it on your notepad at ProtectedText and hit the save key.

For that purpose, you should always keep your online notepad open when you log into your computer.

If you’re blogging, you can start typing away at t on the your notepad which is distraction-free and even reduce it to a smaller size if you’re psychologically intimidated by a klarge canvas.

I foind this a good tool where you could bang out a first draft of anything to be later copied and pasted into   my word processing program or blog post editor.

It’s a simple tool to use and if you’re someone who’s tired of tracking your notes across many places, you would certainly love this tool.

Check out Protected Text.

Do You Have the Guts to Write Without Immediate Gratification Like Wilma Wall?

 

Wilma’s Writing Instructor:

“A Writer has to keep putting in the
time. Writing can be a very lonely business sometimes. A teacher can
help,  but in the end, it has to be the writer who does the work.”

Wilma Wall:
“Each rejection is a set back. I always go into a little depression, but as I said before, I’m stubborn, and I try again.”

Key points: 
Cure for writer’s block – go ahead and write a rotten draft. You’ll enjoy polishing it later. 
Your love of writing should overpower the disappointment of rejections.
If you’re a fiction writer, fall in love with your characters and be them. 

How long are you willing to wait before you see the fruits of your writing efforts?

5, 10 or 15 years?

What about 28 years?

That was how long Wilma Wall waited before publishing her first book in 2004 at age 81.

Her
writing journey started when she was 53 years old, when night after
night she toiled away, honing her craft, while battling self-doubt and
false hopes.

Although she was an avid reader, it was not until she visited the country of her birth,  China,, that she was impelled to write.

 Late Starter
She started writing novels at the age of 55 drawing from her rich treasure-trove of experience.

Her prior writing experience was only limited to writing stories for skits, pageants and puppet shows.

To tackle a novel  she took writing classes where she learned how to accept her instructor’s criticism of her work.

In an interview with the novelrocket.com, she says, “My workshop teacher tells us
not to expect an early draft to be perfect. To avoid writer’s block,
she says, “Give yourself permission to write rotten”; it can always be
polished later. Other writing advice she gives us is to live in the
moment, and to BE our characters.”

Perseverance Key to Success
Her instructor attributed her writing success to her willingness to revise her work and her unrelenting perseverance.

He
also said that although Wilma took classes to hone her craft, it was
her willingness to toil away on her own that was the main contributor of
her success.

Wilma also learnt that although a teacher could
help a beginning writer, a writer has to show up daily to put down
words  and it is he who has to do the work.

Wilma’s first effort
was The Jade Bracelet. It was, however, her second published work.
Although she was already a published writer, she had to revise it four
times before it saw the light of the day.

 What You Can Learn From Her Experience

Wilma is a shining example to those who are passionate about writing but can’t seem to find the strength to continue.

The important thing we learn from her experience is it’s never too late to start despite all the disappointments.

It took her years to find her story and voice and she finally succeeded in realising her dream to be a published writer.

If  you follow her example and set up your mind to write without instant gratification you, too, can taste writing success.

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