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Chapter Ten From The Writer’s Workout By Christina Katz

The Writer’s Workout is a touchstone for writers on a career-long journey.

If you are ever feeling lost or distracted along your merry writing way, you can pick up The Writer’s Workout and crack it open to virtually any chapter, and come right back home to yourself.

This was my clear intention when I wrote the book–to help you get in your own process and stay in your own process.

It’s always refreshing to meet a creative person who is present, grounded and authentic. I want you to be that creative person. And every chapter of this book will remind you what I’m talking about. Every chapter is a complete workout that gets you one step closer to professional form.

From Chapter Ten of The Writer’s Workout, 366 Tips, Tasks & Techniques From Your Writing Career Coach by Christina Katz for Writer’s Digest Books


Every athlete knows this: Warm up before playing or you’ll pull a muscle. If I am warm, I feel I can do anything.  ~ Twyla Tharp

Ready to brainstorm some writing ideas? On a fresh piece of paper, answer these questions and use the answers as starts for future writing.

Who are you? When I ask this question, what are three key values you’d like me (and the world) to know?

What jobs have you held? List them briefly. Any expertise in that line of work you would like to write about? Any lessons learned that might help others? If so, make notes.

What are your hobbies?

What would you love to learn more about? What topic could you immerse yourself in, sharing information with others as you go along?

What subject are you an expert on that is also a hot topic right now?

Finish this sentence ten times: “I know how to ______________________.

(Number one through ten and come up with ten different answers to this one question.)

If you had to choose one topic, and only one topic, to write about for one year, what would that topic be?

If you were going to create your own publication, what would it be called and whom would it be for?

A collection of poetry you wrote about your life thus far has what as the theme?

After you have passed away, in the biography of your life, you will have made great strides for which group, how?

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The Writer’s Workout, 366 Tips, Tasks & Techniques From Your Writing Career Coach is written by Christina Katz for Writer’s Digest Books. For sale everywhere quality books are sold, including: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, IndieBound and Writer’s Digest. Listen to the introduction. Download an excerpt from Scribd. Get motivated by The Writer’s Workout Motivational Poster. Ready to get your career into shape? Let’s write the future…together.

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  • Roughwighting October 17, 2012, 6:55 am

    The the Who Are You warm up questions could take a lifetime to answer in stories. :+0

  • christinakatz October 17, 2012, 7:42 am

    That ought to both warm you up and provide a good repeat workout, then. Yes?