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  1. First off I want to say awesome blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your head before writing. I’ve had a tough time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there.
    I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are
    lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips?


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    1. How do I clear my head? In college I took a course from Howard Junker, editor of Zyzzyva, who gave a great tip I’ve often used. Don’t begin thinking, “I have to write a great lede!” Just start writing. The lede (the initial sentence/paragraph) will come as you write. Later, you’ll go back over your writing and say, “There’s the lede.” Also, I use a lot of relaxing music and use my German shepherd as a foot pillow quite often.

      If the article or piece is longer than 500 words, I often begin by outlining so I know roughly where I’m going. That doesn’t mean I’ll end up there, because when the words begin to flow, you never know what will come. That is the beauty of writing.

      Hope that helps and thanks for checking in.

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