July 28, 2010

The Freedom of a Good Warm-Up

Posted in Warm-Up tagged , at 9:41 am by Rebecca Hein

Warming up is not just for musicians; it’s for writers too. A warm-up gently engages the brain as well as the muscles, and loosening our approach by starting “slow-and-easy” is proven to work.

There are compelling reasons not to leap headlong into our day’s writing, most notably that we all seem to have excess energy and attention that must be discharged before we can really focus. In the days before I began each writing session with a 10-15 minute warm-up, I almost always ended up struggling through that time with little useable copy to show for it, anyway. But those first few minutes, rightly spent, can become surprisingly productive.

Next: What is a warm-up?

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