Tuesday, May 12, 2009

May Mania ~ Stretch #12

Put down your pen for a few moments and go get some real exercise outdoors. Walk, run or roll and pay special attention to everything around you. I love running but have a tendency to go all inward when I'm out there in my solitrary bliss, getting into my rhythm, listening to my tunes, focusing on my new-old gait. However, if I turn off my MP3 and focus on everything around me, my sensations come alive. I love the beauty in nature, even a grey, cloudy sky or trees covered in ice. So inspiring.

Once you're out in the fresh air getting physical exercise, look for inspiration in something you observe, think, hear or smell. Stimulate both your mind and body at the same time.

Go with the inspiration you felt during your physical exercise and put it into words for your mental piece.

Sometimes being stuck inside in front of a computer sets you up to fail at your writing goals. If you break out of your habitual zone and take a new approach, in a new zone, you can often climb out of that annoying rut. Go for it!

~ Signing off and sending out cyber hugs.


  1. Novelist Michael J. Vaugn calls this "creative lollygagging." My lollygagging usually takes the form of long evening walks to the mailbox. Even if inspiration doesn't strike, it's great just for unwinding the kinks from my brain and decompressing. Works every time.

  2. I like that. Creative lollygagging. Works for me. :) Thanks for stopping in and commenting.

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