his isn’t so much a part 2 as it is a progress report and my thoughts thus far. Don’t expect me to make a habit of this sort of post.
I’m not really sure if this is at all related to my (trying) to exercise every night (with the exception of weekends apparently), but I think by the second night was when I had come up with my outlines for the five books I mentioned a few posts back. It seems hard to imagine that the effects would be that apparent, and as I said in that previous post about the books, there’s still a lot left to go to figure out which one I’m writing first, and how to tackle a great deal of issues. It’s worth noting however that in the article I quoted in the first Get Off Your Ass and Write post, the authors who added exercise into their lives were also reading while they did it. I’m not saying that exercise isn’t important and we as writers shouldn’t add it into their routine, but reading, for reasons I will never quite understand, tends to get the creative juices flowing. It’s why it’s difficult for me to read an entire book because within a few pages I end up wanting to write something of my own and then the book is quickly forgotten. I’m not really able to ground myself long enough to actually attempt to read a novel cover to cover without wanting to stop every so many pages to write something of my own. It’s actually why I don’t attempt reading whilst on the treadmill, that and I’m terrified my iPad will fall off. I tested it, just to see, and it was steady enough, but it’s not something I want to make a habit of. Music is definitely better, (also walking and reading can be a bit dizzying to some degree).
I still want to continue to exercise, for reasons other than possible benefit to my writing, but it is an interesting thought. Is it the reading while working out? Or just the working out itself that stimulates the mind?
How do you stimulate your brain after a creative slump?
PS: Just found surprisingly great fanfic and it’s making me want to write. Just saying.