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Pamper Your Writing…

August 19, 2013

Coddle – definition: 1) to treat tenderly : pamper 2) to cook in water just below the boiling point

We all enjoy being pampered in some way. It could be an all inclusive vacation resort, breakfast in bed, a night out with friends, a spa experience or a afternoon reading a book in the sunshine. Our writing can also benefit from some pampering. Try these exercises and have fun.


Musicians riff and play scales to practice. Athletes have training routines. Why shouldn’t writers do writing exercises? Sometimes, a writing exercise turns into a poem or short story or becomes the seed of a novel or essay.

Writing exercises offer a way to experiment without the pressure of “getting it right.” They can prompt ideas for your work in progress and warm you up to write for an extended period. If you’re facing a blank page, a writing exercise might be the way in to something new.

Daily writing exercises help establish a routine. The hardest thing about working on a goal can be getting started, whether it’s exercising or writing. Just getting to the gym, putting your running clothes on and stepping out the door, or sitting down in front of your computer or notebook is the first step. Once you’re there, the rest isn’t so hard. And once…

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