The most important thing is you can’t write what you wouldn’t read for pleasure. It’s a mistake to analyze the market thinking you can write whatever is hot. You can’t say you’re going to write romance when you don’t even like it. You need to write what you would read if you expect anybody else to read it. And you have to be driven. You have to have the three D’s: drive, discipline and desire. If you’re missing any one of those three, you can have all the talent in the world, but it’s going to be really hard to get anything done. — Nora Roberts
So, here is a warmup for my discussion of ‘warmup’.
It’s a quick brain dump [not my favorite term, by the way] to get some ideas rolling.
It might be a typed list, since I’m currently [obviously] on my laptop, but it might evolve into a mind map in my codex.
But it’s something that gives me a starting point and it dodges the ol’ blank white paper/blank idea-less mind syndrome.
Get ideas flowing
Don’t stop yourself. Don’t edit yourself.
Get some momentum. It can help you achieve flow.
Sometimes it takes a few minutes, 50 or more words, but it is rarely a waste of time.
It often clears your mind of other distractions.
It reminds you that you have ‘shown up for work’, so that’s a reward in itself.
It just hit me that ‘warmup’ is such a nebulous unclear term that writing about it can be a little dry, but I’m forging ahead.
It loosens your muscles and it reminds you that, by warming up, you are striking out against ‘perfectionism’, so that’s another reward.
This is a practice that yields plenty of benefits and I think it’s worth making it a ‘habit’, one that shakes the cobwebs out of your brain. Right now, I feel like sketching two brains…one filled with cobwebs and then one—after warming up—with just a few wisps of cobweb.
I’m still going on this warmup about warmups. This is almost getting weird, isn’t it?
As I write this, I’m starting to get a vision of what an ideal warmup session might look like. It might well include a fresh cup of coffee and both analog and digital tools nearby. I wouldn’t want to be cooped up in a windowless room. And I would want some creativity books [a future post] nearby if I do get stuck. And I might even make a poster with some warmup criteria and prompts listed to keep me on track. Yeah, I like this. And I wouldn’t have reached that poster idea unless I had reached that ‘ideal warmup session’ idea, which had resulted from the previous 250 words.
Wow…what a warmup session on ‘a discussion of warmups’.