in formula 1 racing, drivers take warmup laps to test performance and safety.
and when preparing to race at 200mph, most would agree a warmup lap is a solid idea.
how about when it comes to writing?
are we at risk of faulty breaks, losing traction, and crashing into a wall at 197mph? well...no.
in writing, your warmup lap is a crutch.
i’m not saying to skip brainstorming or a rough draft. write what you need to get the creative juices flowing — then cut it.
your reader doesn’t need a warmup. they want to be thrown right into the action.
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