ChillingBreeze (3 September, 2009)
This is a list of all of the things I do regularly to boost the content that my articles contain, as well as my tips for being more efficient. I know other people suggest things like "use a thesaurus" but these go outside of the box and help you all the way around!
1. Eat brain food. Sometimes I start working and I lose all of my thoughts due to not eating. Always keep healthy foods nearby and avoid junk food like the plague. It has more of an affect on your brain power than you think. Eat fish, nuts, and veggies regularly.
2. Play brain games. I have a DSi so I use those brain games often. Flash Focus, Brain Age, Math Play, and other word games are all great. Not only do they keep you thinking sharp, but they also teach you to think logically and quickly. This comes in handy when researching and trying to get things done fast.
3. Exercise. I try to do exercise before working so that my blood is circulating nicely and I don't run out of energy. Writing takes a lot of energy!
4. Meditate for 5 minutes a day. This can clear your mind from the excess junk that the internet tends to fill your head with.
5. Read. Read everything and anything. Reading improves grammar, vocabulary, and creativity.
Do you follow any of these?
ChillingBreeze (3 September, 2009)
Know what Gevenco, our thoughts match a lot.
I will share my experience here..
I have used many different softwares and tools to suggest synonyms, check spellings, check the level of grammar in my content. But these all fail at a point, what matters is your own way of thinking, creativity and weaving them into words.
I do eat good healthy food
I do exercise daily, jogging for 30 minutes followed by some cardio and lastly two yoga exercises to open up all the muscles of the body..
I do meditate for 5-10 minutes everyday, which is absolutely a must for anyone whether you write or not. It helps improve your focus and thinking apart from calming you down.
I do read and read voraciously. I have read over 40 novels, I regularly follow some business and political mags. I do read newspaper everyday. As these are the sources where you learn to use new words appropriately. They do boost the grammar level and hold on language of the reader..
However, I don't play any games. Used to play FIFA, Counter Strike, AOE and few other games on my PC.. But now I don't have time for them...
All in all I back your tips. All these practices will help you enhance your creativity so that you write more engaging and intriguing content....
Thanks for that! I'm glad someone else agrees. You're right, programs do fail eventually, and they can only do so much for YOU. When you take care of your mental well being and physical, everything falls into place. Of course, those things alone won't teach you anything, but they can help you open yourself to learning something new. Glad you don't think I'm crazy. Hah.
Yes, exercise is very important. Apart from the fact it's important to keep the blood circulating, getting away from the PC is valuable. A change is as good as a rest, as they say.
I find that if I go for a long walk to break up my blogging and net surfing sessions I'm much more energized and focused than if I had sat there in front of the screen the whole time. You can mull over ideas and come up with new ones when you're walking, too. It's the best exercise there is.
Even for the best writer, you have to have some outside distractions, or else your writing will suffer. There are times when I've been writing for so long that it gets a bit difficult. That's when I know it's time to take a quick break - whether it's a trip to the gym, eating a piece of fruit, putting in a load of laundry visiting fourms - anything that gets me away from my current project for a few minutes. When I come back, things that I had been struggling with come much easier!
I follow point 5 vigorously, i read read and read. All the time, it not only improves my general awareness of the topic, it also improves the creativity and grammatical skills like you said. It also helps you write the article quicker instead of rewriting sentence by sentence,
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