7 Ways to Prime the Writing Pump (Plus 1)

7 Ways to Prime the Writing PumpAll muscles need exercise to function at peak efficiency. Every athlete knows the importance of loosening and stretching muscles before exercise or performance.

What if the muscle you’re about to use is your writing muscle? Is there an exercise for that?

Yes! There most certainly is.

Even better, it’s short and it’s easy (most of the time).

Before you open your work-in-progress, take up a blank piece of paper or open a fresh digital document.

Sit back.


Start writing.

Keep it short. No less than 10 minutes (you have to get warmed up) and no more than 20 or 30 minutes (you don’t want to exhaust your creativity.)

It doesn’t matter what you write about. Describe the room you’re in, the weather outside, your mood. You might brainstorm new ideas. I have a list of ideas including new characters, book titles, first lines, prologues, and endings.

It doesn’t even matter whether or not your brainstorming concerns your work-in-progress, though it may very well do so. The important thing is to just write. This is a no pressure way to stretch your writing muscles each day.

Want more than that?

7 Ways to Prime the Writing Pump

  1. Write just ten words. I dare you.
  2. Do a timed writing.
  3. Write an entry in your lead character’s personal journal.
  4. Brainstorm.
  5. Write to music.
  6. Explore a brand new character.
  7. 10 Minutes of Idea Generation on any story, subject, topic, or scene.

Do you have a sure-fire way to prime your writing pump that I haven’t mentioned? Share it in the comment area below.


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