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Spring Training for Your Writing: Part One

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Welcome to the Spring Training for Your Writing series!

It is finally March, and for me, it’s the best time of the year, because not only is warmer weather around the corner, but baseball season is on its way.

I am a huge baseball fan, and grew up watching it with my grandma. To me, baseball is a great time to relax and kick it with friends. It’s not as fast-paced as hockey, and you don’t need to pay as much attention to it as football, but it’s still considered America’s Pastime.

Now, before the actual season starts, players have to go through what is called Spring Training.

They can’t just jump into playing a full season without getting back into the groove and meeting new teammates and catching up with old ones. They have to practice batting and playing their positions and also face opponents from other teams. They do this in one month, and then, BOOM. They’re back ready to kick butt!

The more I thought about the dedication and practice that goes into Spring Training, the more I thought, this can apply to writing.

If you practice writing in one month, you get used to writing and having a consistent schedule whether you’re trying to write a book or research paper. It’s important to know it takes being dedicated if you want to get into a habit, and for some it can seem too difficult. So I thought it was important to help you get into writing during the month of March, since it’s the start of meteorological spring.

It’s called Spring Training for Your Writing.

This month, every Monday I will give you five things that baseball players do to prepare for the season, and match it with what you need to do to get your writing in gear. I hope this helps you in your journey to get your thoughts and dreams onto paper (or laptop). This is a sort of preview of what I will have in my eBook. (BTW, you can sign up here and be notified when the eBook comes out, and you’ll get it for free!)

Let’s get this started!

Part One: Pitchers and catchers report. Your ideas need to report

Baseball Pitcher

Before all the players get together, the first thing that happens is pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. They get there first because pitchers not only need to get their bodies warmed up to throw baseballs near 100 MPH, but the connection between the pitcher and catcher is crucial. They need to build up trust because if they’re going to be in a game together, they need to have the same plan on how to face a batter.

If you’re not a baseball fan, don’t worry if you’re looking like “Huh?” Here’s how to apply it to your writing.

The first thing you need to do before writing anything is to get your ideas on the page. They have to be the first thing that shows up before you think about plot, characters, research, all of that. You get those ideas out, and that’s when you see what will work and what can be tossed away. So, take the ideas you have, and either write them down or type them out on your laptop to visually look at them. Keeping them in your head is where they’ll stay and you won’t get anywhere in your writing.

That’s it for Part One!

Making sure your ideas are the first thing on the page is the crucial first step in getting into a habit of writing. You see what will work, and you can then brainstorm what needs to go with your ideas. So, give it a try, and it will help you get to writing ideas out more and more.

I am going to enjoy this sunshine and the hopes that the snow and cold are gone for good. Cheers!

If you’re struggling with getting into a habit of writing, don’t forget to sign up here to get a free eBook when it comes out!

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