Running and Writing – Creativity comes from strange places

So after spending yesterday telling you to “sit down and write” today I’m suggesting you “get up and think”.

We’ve all run into writer’s block before…hell, my writer’s block lasted the better part of 40 years. I climbed out of that hole a couple of years ago and am on the verge of publishing my first novel. Novel number one came pretty quick and easy, as did the framework for novel number two. Now, as I’m wrapping up the first draft of Novel number two, Novel number three is on the horizon, and I’ve just started assembling those pieces.

It’s been a struggle.

But something amazing has been happening to me in the past month or so.

I live a relatively sedentary life. I’m an IT Manager at work, so I basically sit on my rear end all day. I have an hour long commute to and from, so basically, more or less, from 7:00am to 6:00pm, I’m butt-bound.

About a month ago I recommitted myself to exercise. Because of my schedule, that essentially means getting up at O Dark Thirty (in my case, that’s 4:00am) and doing something active. That something has been running. Initially I took to running to get more physically mobile, to get moving, to burn calories, to get in better shape.

Little did I know the awesome side effects it would have on me mentally.

Ever since I restarted this running routine, my creative juices haven’t just been flowing, they’ve been over-flowing. Revisions to my first two novels have been slamming me square in the face, while a much clearer outline of novel number three is starting to become clearer.

Not just that, but my work in Kindle Worlds (yeah, I’m a G.I. Joe fanatic) has really pushed forward, with me completing an entire novella in a week’s time and starting the genesis of a much bigger idea for the future.

It’s gotten to the point where I run for 30 minutes then charge inside and frantically type down all these newborn ideas buzzing around in my brain. I can’t quite explain the phenomenon, just that it’s definitely happening, and it’s pretty incredible.

So if you’re experiencing writer’s block, think about working out your body. The impact on your mind might be greater than you think.

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