The hardest thing about exercise is to start doing it.
Once you are doing exercise regularly, the hardest thing is to stop it.
Do you know how sports people train? A swimmer doesn't just swim endlessly, nor a runner runs. They build all their body muscles and focus on some that help their trade.
Writing is just like any other activity-swimming, & running. It is not just about writing. Writers need to bring together a bunch of various attributes to make a successful story.
Writing exercises are training routines for writers that strengthen their writing muscles.
Who is this book for?
Though this book is good enough for all writers because the fundamentals are the same throughout the world, it would help non-fiction writers more.
What types of exercises are there?
Many. And each exercise is targeted to develop a certain crucial element of writing. The exercises are interestingly named (a glimpse on the cover page). I am a sucker for humor.
Broadly, they fall under these categories:
- Headline building
- Concise writing
- Idea generating
- Writing habit
- Writing with precision
- Readership building
What is the best way to approach this?
Well, it is all self-paced. You are the one who is going to decide, pick, and act on it.
15 minutes is what you will need in a day to do it. Hence, it is extremely easy to squeeze some of them into your schedule.
As you do these exercises, you will imbibe them in your writing pattern. Do not be surprised if they graduate from being an exercise to becoming a writing practice. And that is precisely the aim.
If you wish to be a writer, write.
I say- If you wish to be a vigorous writer, exercise.
So go on and take a dip. You might have to drag yourself at first and your muscles might ache, but don't give up just yet. And see the magic happening.
The results will show.