As I’ve mentioned before, I think physical activity is helpful to writing. Something about coming into rhythm with one’s own body seems to help one find the rhythm in words, the tempo of a story, the pattern of a novel, and so much more.
But there’s another kind of workout we must do, and that is turning out the sentences, paragraphs, pages, chapters of our projects at hand. Doing that, much like going to the gym, is a matter of disassociation, as my brother-on-law said to me this week about his swim practices: here I am putting on my workout shoes, picking up my gym bag, funding my keys, going out the door.
Today,turn out your sentences, paragraphs, pages, chapters, whatever you can manage, knowing it’s a part of a practice that will send you in toward yourself.
I’m laced up. How about you? Good luck!