So I talk a lot online about exercise.
I am a pretty big proponent of it, not just in general, but as it relates to writing. Exercise, be it running or swimming, helps me organize my thoughts. In school I used to swim and make lists as I did laps, working through things I needed to do, or brainstorming homework assignments.
And it definitely translates to writing.
I swim and plot chapters, make notes to myself and then repeat them so I won’t forget before I get out of the pool (this is a trick, since my swims average an 1.25 hours, and of course I always have a REALLY IMPORTANT IDEA in the first five minutes). On longer runs I work through characters, I think about backstory.
Authors often talk about revision snacks, and I gained a couple pounds during edits, but I can always tell when I’m first-drafting because I’m in MUCH better shape.
In the last three days I…
Hiked this waterfall and surrounding slopes:
Ran 6.5 miles and barely noticed (until the next day when it hurt like a beast).
And swam 3500m (which isn’t actually a great distance for me, but hey look at those other two workouts! I call second day syndrome).
Now if only I could EDIT while exercising! I guess I just have to savor this part of the cycle…hmmm, cycling…
*checks exercise class schedule*