My flabby, jelly-like gut is not, as it might first appear, due to an excess of cake and beer. It is in fact due to a simple and chronic lack of exercise.
What was once washboard tight is now better suited for collecting belly button lint. The only six-pack this body sees comes in cans.
What has this gruesome image of manly imperfection got to do with writing, you ask?
As we all know, under-used muscles atrophy while exercised muscles grow bigger and stronger. What I’m talking about is exercising your writing muscles.
As with any exercise, first you need to practice. But you also need to diversify your training so you don’t over-focus on one area.
- Do you write every day?
- Do you always write in the same style?
To be a good writer you must write every day. Plus, if you want to be any better than so-so, you really need to stretch yourself and train for it. This means mixing up writing styles, alternating between longer and shorter pieces, trying short stories and then switching to tutorials, etc.
You’ve got to push your limits. That being so, here are some training tips for you:
- Start a book.
- Keep a journal.
- Maintain a personal blog.
- Join a forum.
- Rewrite pieces from your swipe file.
- Guest-post on other blogs.
- Write anything.
It’s so easy to do the minimum, to simply churn out what is routine and friction free. Push against resistance and your writing muscles will grow, and you’ll avoid results resembling my under-exercised and over-stuffed frame.
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