Writing & Exercise: Can they go together???

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Absolutely! Now the caveat is that some types of fitness may make it difficult on writing, but options like walking (including the treadmill or elliptical), skating, or bike riding, can help shed the pounds while increasing the word count.

In recent months, it has been beyond hectic juggling the new demands of my job, family life, fitness, writing, and other responsibilities. I managed to get out blog posts each week, but didn’t make much progress on the second draft of my book. And as far as for fitness, I started out strong, but found myself getting burned out quick. So I had to find balance.

That balance came in the form of voice recognition software. This isn’t a new technology or idea. It’s already on most devices like phones and tablets, but for whatever reason I had not considered it for writing.  I only used voice recognition to lazily send text messages or Google something.  The light bulb came on when a co-worker and I discussed an issue with a physician dictating his notes. I still shake my head that I hadn’t put two and two together sooner.

So far, I’ve been doing the writing/exercise thing for a few days. It’s been fascinating so far, though my husband thinks I’ve lost my mind when he hears me reciting dialogue. J

Do you write and exercise? If so, how’s it working out for you?

The Writing Muscle

Looking at the title of this post and the tips listed, I couldn’t help but think about physical exercise.  Working the upper and lower body for a good tone, and cardio to strengthen the heart.  But for writing, working out different areas to improve upon skill.

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Think of your current writing skill. Would you say it is weak, untrained? Would you say that it could stand strong on it’s own but could always seek further improvement?

Think of your writing skill as a muscle. You can work out in many different ways to earn many different results and gain strength. Skip leg day and you will be a disproportionate human.

Here are a few ways to work your writing muscle:

1. Read

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Read the good, the bad and the ugly. Absorb it and try to read in such a way that you shine light on what the author was aiming to capture. Digest all writing techniques used and learn from it or try to discern where they went wrong.

As a reader, you gain a bystander’s insight in the situation. This will help you improve your own writing technique in little ways so that when…

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