Some mornings I start my writing day off with a walk outside. Other days I start it off with caffeine. Today, I started it off with donuts. (Don't judge me!) I asked the Writer's Digest staff what they do to get ready to write. Here's our list (in no particular order):
- Clean up office/desk
- Listen to music
- Read good books
- Read your own past writings to motivate
- Turn off cell phone (& other distractions)
- Find a quite workspace
- Visualize your story in advance (while doing dishes or a chore)
- Caffeine (I think you'll agree it deserves a second mention)
So there's our list But I want to know: What gets you ready to write? I want to know. Leave it in the comments section below or tweet me and include #ReadyToWrite @BrianKlems. On Monday I'll select one response at random from this post and one response at random on Twitter and send them each a copy of the September 2015 issue of Writer's Digest. It could be you! All you have to do is tell me what gets you #ReadyToWrite.
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You know what else gets us ready to write? Resources on writing better and getting published. Now that we're less than 20 Fridays until Christmas, we thought we'd celebrate by offering up a deal to get you through (and until other stores start hanging the holiday decorations next month—and you know I'm only half kidding). Here are a few great items I can recommend that can help you build a set of resources to net you $25 Off:
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Brian A. Klems is the editor of this blog, online editor of Writer's Digest and author of the popular gift bookOh Boy, You're Having a Girl: A Dad's Survival Guide to Raising Daughters.