The Warm-Up Act

Dan Alatorre

There is one aspect of my writing schedule and daily regimen that I did not share with you…

Et, tu, prolific one? Et, tu, prolific one?

Sometimes when I get up at three or four in the morning and start writing, I do not work on my novel.

GASP!

I know, I know. I said use that writing time for writing. With one caveat.

Very rarely does an Olympic runner get out of bed stroll down to the track and bust out a new world record.

They warm up.

I know this from swimming. I was the kind of swimmer who would roll out of bed, go to the swim meet, and get a decent time in my event. The kids who really did great stuff warmed up. I will not pretend that they took it more seriously than me. They absolutely did.

Pre-swim meet me. But in a nice bed in a middle class neighborhood. Pre-swim meet me. But in a nice bed in…

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