I’m doing a silly exercise. 5 minutes of freestyle writing everyday. I just set the timer and write whatever comes to my head, whether it makes sense or not.
I probably didn’t invent this technique and I must’ve read about it somewhere. But, the idea is to just get the words flowing, no matter what they are. The brain like every other part of our body requires exercise and if you have to exercise the right part of the brain to write.
I’ve found that when I don’t write for a few days, I start to feel rusty. Most people tend to see this as writers’ block and perhaps, that’s true. It’s like a car, you need to use it to keep it in good shape.
It’s only been a few days so I don’t really know if this exercise pays off. But, what I do know is that typing is becoming easier. even though what I’m writing does not make any sense, when i do decide to write an article, the words seem to be flowing better. I don’t know if this is as a result of me finding a great idea or whether it’s because I’ve been exercising my writing skills.
I’m going to try this for a few days and see where I lead. It doesn’t really matter because I’m only really taking 5 minutes of my day to do this. So perhaps instead of scrolling mindlessly through Instagram, I can choose to do this instead. It will also build typing speed and stamina, something that’s probably crucial if you want to be a writer.
I’ve tried to build habits in my life 5 minutes at a time and it’s always worked out quite well. It helped me start to exercise. It’s helped me read more and it’s helped me study and get a degree. Starting with 5 minutes of your life can be great way to start a habit.
The most important part of the 5-minute exercise though is to not break the chain. The only way to actually make it work for you is to do it every single day. And since it’s just 5 minutes, it doesn’t seem daunting and it definitely seems doable.
I started this post as a part of my 5-minute exercise and now I actually have a whole new post! So I guess the system is working and I hope that it will build a better habit to write more everyday.