Just Get Up and Do It!

Recently I’ve been considering starting a workout routine.  (By considering, I mean giving it a passing thought every 4 or 5 days, but still.)  I am usually a planner, and I tend to put off working out because I need to find a good potential routine, set up a schedule, etc. and so on.

When I got home from work today, I decided to forget that mess and just go work out.  I took a lap of my (long) block, mixing jogging and walking, and it felt good.

Why does this apply to you, you ask?  How is this remotely writing related?  Pause for a moment, and you’ll get it.

A lot of people spend a lot of time planning to write.  They work on involved character descriptions and backgrounds.  They research or create technologies, magic, places, and things.  They outline the entire plot before they start.  These are all great things, but they can bog you down and keep you from the actual writing.

Today’s moral, lovely readers?  For just one day, stop talking about writing.  Stop planning to write.  Stop developing.  Just write!!  It might not be good, it might all need to be heavily revised or even trashed, but it can be liberating to simply put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and get some story on paper.

This is also the idea behind NaNoWriMo, but it bears remembering throughout the year as well.  🙂

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mjgriffor
    May 18, 2012 @ 17:54:11

    great advice. i always find the toughest thing about writing is sitting myself down in front of the computer and starting

    Reply

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