5 ways exercise can improve your writing

5 ways exercise can improve your writing

Why exercise is essential to your writing life.

 

Exercise is essential to the quality of our writing. Between either sitting down planning out what you’re gonna write, or actually writing content, its literally a sedentary task anyway you look at it! And in this routine, doing exercise can often get neglected.

I’m all about healthy habits for writers, and making sure those habits are instilled and become part of everyday life – not just something be be energised for a week or so and then forgotten.

In further blog posts, I’ll talk about different ways you can get exercise seamlessly into your schedule, but for now, let’s look at why the heck writers should even do it in the first place. (This applies to entrepreneurs too, of you have a business that requires you to write content).

  1. Lifts your mood

Endorphins lift your mood. You’ll naturally feel more uplifted and motivated! It also removes the guilt that you may have about neglecting your body.

  1. Increases productivity

Oxygen to the brain makes you more focused and attentive. Many writers are notoriously unfocused and find themselves going off on tangents when trying to meet deadlines. Especially self-imposed deadlines.

  1. Stops restless legs

Jobs that require you to sit down for long periods of time may cause you to have restless legs! Ugh, I hate that jittery-jumpy feeling. Regular exercise can help combat this problem.

  1. Clears the mind and inspires ideas

Much of the stuff you worry about can be worked through whilst your exercising. Even if you’re not consciously thinking about it at the time, your subconscious is working things out. After an exercise session, you’ll often find calmness and clarity. After an exercise session, you may find that you have a breakthrough in your writing about a character or story-line that’s been bothering you.

  1. Helps prevent illness

Getting ill will halt your writing in its tracks. You may be able to do the odd creative piece when your ill. But you cant step back and edit anything (as least I can’t). And if you want to make a living out of writing, can you really afford to be getting ill? If the answer is no, then look after your body. Do SOMETHING every day.

Stay tuned to the blog and I’ll be diving more into habits!

The 90 Day Novel by Alan Watt

The 90 Day Novel by Alan Watt

Want to write a novel in 90 days? Oh, yes you CAN. It is more than doable, even on a shoestring time allowance.

Ladies and Gentleman, I give you a most bodacious tool to kick off your 2019 ‘write a novel’ goal…

The 90 Day Novel by Alan Watt

If you love journaling, you’ll LOVE this method of working, as there are loads of prompts to really help you get to go deeper and get to know your world and your characters.

I loved this book, and doing Al’s course got me over 4 notebooks filled for my novel. He encourages us to explore the world of our story, and as a fantasy writer, this was a vital step for me.

Write a novel in 90 days

Here is how you can get in on this. Check Alan out, along with the 90 day novel telecourse, at LA writers lab. 

I interviewed Alan for Season 1 of The Power of Writing! You can grab the Power of Writing Series here .