The brain’s like any other organ – it needs regular exercise to stay healthy. And sometimes it needs a warmup before a workout. On that basis, I’ve started building up a list of ways to get my brain started before writing, including:
- cryptic crosswords
- free writing – just scribbling down whatever’s in my mind, as fast as I can, without pause
- idea jigsaws – grabbing six concepts out of my notebooks and working out how they could fit together
- word pictures – writing a description of a photo, postcard, etc.
What exercises do you use to warm up your brain? Got any good ones I can borrow?