Olympic Bloopers of Untrained Athletes – How To Avoid Writing Bloopers

Olympian’s train for hours each day to be the best in the world. If they hadn’t committed so much time to training, they might look something like the athletes in the video below.

There is one thing we can learn as writers from the Olympic bloopers of untrained athletes. Training. Training. Training.

How To Avoid Writing Bloopers:

*Train your mind. Build your brainstorming capacity and your plot development skills. Learn new ways to expand your knowledge of the writing craft and industry.

*Train your emotions. Learn to compensate for vulnerability by being prepared for discouragement and pitfalls along the way.

*Train your body for stamina. Writing is more of a marathon sport where stamina and pacing are required to reach the finish line. Learn to work hard, be patient, and press through challenges.

*Train your focus. Remember the reason you write and stay focused on the things that matter. Faith, family, friends, church, commitment, etc.

The writer who doesn’t train runs the risk of being eligible for a video of Writing Bloopers of Untrained Writers. What are your favorite training exercises to hone your craft?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

6 thoughts on “Olympic Bloopers of Untrained Athletes – How To Avoid Writing Bloopers

  1. Reading fiction I! lol. It’s always good to see how other put a novel together. Sometimes I try handwriting with my right hand (I’m a lefty) That is supposed to jumpstart your brain.

  2. Michelle Lim says:

    What a fun way for jump starting your brain, Pat! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Melissa Tagg says:

    One of the absolute, very best things I’ve read about and practiced this past year is managing my emotions instead of letting them manage me. I always have a choice how I respond to things…and that’s huge when it comes to writing. Because there will be ups and downs and so training our emotions, like you said, is huge.

    I think we can also train in the area of discipline…and also determination. We practice determination by being willing to rip out half our story and start again if needed, by saying no to some things so we can say yes to writing, by picking ourselves up again after disappointments and working all the harder.

  4. Timely post, Michelle.

    Reading. Lots of reading. Also, I understand athletes visualize themselves being successful as part of their training. Love this idea. Believe it. Own it.

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