write on wednesday, first wed in December
December 3, 2008 § 5 Comments
: Do you find that physical activity inspires your creativity? What’s works best for you – walking, running, dancing, kickboxing? How do you get in touch with your body, and use that awareness to inform your writing? How do you keep your body and mind in balance?
Becca, leading W.O.W. , offers this week’s prompt
Movement as inspiration?
Yes. Even leaving the desk, walking to the kitchen or outside to fill the birdfeeders can clear the clutter. It’s like a healthy “pause” button in the writing game. Surely I don’t do enough of it until suddenly I realize I need a walk outdoors to get air, to really breathe. Resistant phrases tumble into place. To avoid running back to the keyboard, I carry a Moleskine when I’m out walking. (and it makes me “feel” writerly.)
I can only imagine what kickboxing would do for me. It might change my writing all together.
Yes, it’s walking. Striding, really. I love to stride.
In touch with my body and use it to inform my writing?
Hmmm … I think that might actually have more to do with what I choose to wear than with my stretching and walking. Fashion pops up in my fiction (and non-fiction) partly because it’s an immediate visual, it often tells something of the person – not how much they spend, no. It’s about how they put things together, how they allow the world or want the world to see them.
the body and mind in balance … ah, aha!
I don’t know. I’d have to say that writing and walking are two of the things that keep me in balance overall. Go too long without one or the other, and I’m a bit of a scowl.