I like to schedule a 30-minute time slot to warm up before writing.
On further reading, this appears to be the practice of many writers and I would highly recommend it.
But I still have yet to find that one warm-up I prefer. And let me be clear, I don’t necessarily always WRITE to warm-up.
At one point, I was going for a jog. Doing sit ups and push ups. My mission is to get focused. Clear my mind and ease into the project ahead.
Finding my favorite warm-up proves to be difficult. I’ve experienced them all:
Exercise. I ran a mile and half every morning. With sits-up and push-ups. But it got cold and I found myself crashing around mid-afternoon.
Free writing. Using Penzu — I journal my thoughts. Sometimes I have trouble getting them out. I use this more on my off days.
Grammar practice. I had a lesson-a-day grammar book — this helped tremendously and I ended up doing every day for a full year.
Luminosity — this cost some money. Using their regimented brain exercises, it really helped me with my math. But, it often wore me out. And eventually I dreaded doing it.
I have experimented with them all. Some mornings, I just sit there and drink my tea, read my horoscope and skim the headlines. This helps.
I also seek out blogs and articles that can inspire the muse for the day.
The important thing is to write. And no matter what warm-up I did, I always ended up writing.
If you have a special way of warming up, please share.
Always be writing. Everyday.