Fellow writers I don’t know what gets blood flowing into your creative neurons but I’ve found that a good workout can clear my mind. The storyline and characters for many of my stories (picture books and young adult fiction) have come to me while I was lifting weights or on the treadmill. The interesting part is that my thoughts are most focused when I’m well into a workout. At the pinnacle of fat bouncing through a step workout, or sudden bilateral knee pain on mile 4 of 5 I’m hit with endorphins that express themselves in productive ways. Just yesterday when I came to the part of P90X when I must curse loudly to complete another rep I worked out the subplot for my next young adult novel. So, the next time you think about skipping a workout think about the rewards, physical and mental, and go for it!
February 18, 2010
The Healthy Writer