Writing Fitness Goals:
1. Organize your Tools
Instead of weights, exercise videos, and water, make sure you have all your writing tools handy. Create an environment that fosters writing. The more efficient your workspace the more efficient your work. If you are constantly distracted, the writing won't flow.
As with any fitness routine, you have to set goals. What are you trying to achieve? Are you trying to finish your next piece, get one off the ground, or free write for ideas? Don't be afraid to reassess goals as you build your routine. Keep a writing log or join a word count challenge online if your goal is writing so many words per day. Accountability helps with results.
3. Change your lifestyle
Fad diets or extreme routines rarely work. It has to become your new way of doing things. Make time every day to write.
4. Take Classes/Join groups
If it takes people to motivate you, join a writing group or challenge. Both will encourage you to stay the course and offer advice for when you struggle. Some people achieve better results with a support group. Consider local or online writing groups and online writing challenges like A Round of Words in 80 Days or National Novel Writing Month. Joining a book club can also help keep your writing senses alert.
5. Strength Training
Don't just write consistently (cardio). You also need to take classes, sign up for challenges, and read to strengthen your writing muscles. Dedicated and consistent writing builds stamina, but we also need to hone in on improving our writing skills.
Any good workout routine requires stretching at the end so muscles don't become tightened and to avoid injury. Same is true in writing. Take a walk or a yoga class, anything that frees your mind and brings inner peace. Even a writing muscle becomes tight if used too much without taking a cleansing breath.
Above all, be kind to yourself. Nothing in life comes easy. We only lose momentum at times or fall off the wagon. Pick yourself up and stay the course. Write down your goals and what works and doesn't work.
Good luck with your Writing Fitness. In no time you'll have a sexy new piece to show for it.
What's the harest part of a writing fitness routine?