Get Rid of Old Writing Practices

Bathing Beauty in vintage VogueHere’s an interesting tip, related to exercise, but with a much wider application:

Throw away the bathing suit you wore in high school… and the memory too. It’s normal to have a mental image of yourself when you last exercised like a fiend. But if that image is from high school, you could be in big trouble. Even if it’s from last year, forget it. Remember as little as possible of what you used to look like. Starting today, make new memories. (from 14 Tips for Starting and Sticking with a Workout Routine)

What I’m wondering is how that tip applies to things other than exercise—like writing. Throw away those writing practices you used in high school (5 paragraph theme anyone?). Find new ways to write! What old things could you throw away to stop dwelling on the past and build new ways of working?

[Photo: Bathing Beauty in vintage Vogue by uppityrib, on Flickr

2 Responses to Get Rid of Old Writing Practices

  1. Janah Adams says:

    I need to throw away the concept that I must carve out a full day, or even a few hours, to be able to write. There was a time when this was plausible, but no more. If I’m going to get any writing done at all it’s going to take the kind of productivity that happens between classes, in waiting rooms, and during commercials (or, more likely, while the next episode loads on Netflix).

  2. tengrrl says:

    I hear you Janah! I probably wait too long for “the perfect idea” myself when I should just be writing.