I’m not talking about running or practicing yoga, though exercise and other repetitive tasks (folding towels or knitting) can help you overcome writer’s block. I’m talking about using one of those books of writing exercises you bought for a class or at a writing conference and never looked at.
As a nearly full-time professional writer, I rarely do any writing that’s not billable, or my family does not eat. But during National Novel Writing Month, I take the opportunity to simply play with words. When I don’t have any idea what will happen next, I do a writing exercise. It helps me keep up with my word-count goal and gives me new ideas for building character and developing my plot.