1. I have found that reading and responding to some of the posts here has really helped me up my writing game tremendously. It has helped me to bring my writing alive again instead of just mechanically doing what I know will basically work in nonfiction writing. Now I am actually looking forward to reading the next post and responding to it. So perhaps part of changing our writing routine needs us to read the writing of others and to respond when we feel it works for us (or we perhaps have a different view of the issues written about). It is all about flexing our writing muscles, and it seems that reading is a good part of it.
    I recently read and reviewed an e-book of a genre I had lost interest in over the years; it was in the realm of fiction. I have been dealing with nonfiction writing for so long that I have forgotten the joy of reading a good novel. At first I was just reading it out of a sense of duty; after all, the person was generous to send me a free copy. But as I got into the story, I found myself looking forward to the next paragraph, the next page, the next episode. And in the end, I was actually sorry to see the story end, and definitely looking forward to the next book in the series. Since I finished that book and did a small but good review that was honest and enthusiastic, I have wanted to read more books and do more reviews. I think any form of exercising our writing muscles in our heads is a good thing.

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