Thanks to Christine Peets for this interview and review!
Writing Tip: Move into creativity with 30 minutes of cardio every day. Your writing sessions will last longer as the ideas come faster!
I sometimes (okay, often!) put off exercise for days and days, because I think I can’t afford the time to do that AND reach my daily word count goal. But guess what? On the days that I work out, I notice I always end up getting more words down on the page.
Not only do I work faster, but I feel my writing is better after a work out. My ideas come faster, and I rarely feel stuck. I feel energized.
It’s been proven that cardio boosts blood flow to the brain, which delivers much-needed oxygen (the brain soaks up 20 percent of all the oxygen in your body).
So go for a run, and your ideas will find their rhythm. Cardio-box, and your words will pack a punch! Long walks, bike rides, raking leaves or playing a game of hide-and-seek with your kids are all great ways to open up your creative mind.
If you can’t find 30 minutes to work out before writing every day, here’s a suggestion: simply stand on your head or do a bunch of jumping jacks before you sit down to write. Get the oxygen and blood flowing to the brain, and you’ll note an improvement in your writing.
Not convinced? Give it a try for a week, then come back here and comment. Your gluteous maximus may be sore and you may hate me, but I bet you’ll have a few more wonderful chapters written.
It’s a weird and wonderful feeling to be working on a story…ok, a SEQUEL:) … and refer to the published book beside you, instead of notes in your computer, to get a fact straight.Thanks for reading, and hang in there, Cat’s coming back!
..for being inspired by all the beauty around me!
In between writing books, I often turn to photography and reading other authors’ books as a mini-vacation from the work involved in writing a book. I love writing, but I find I’m at my best when I’m rested, and when I’ve taken a break to be inspired by certain aspects of my world. Such as:
A gift of flowers from our nine-year-old, placed in an old Buckley’s jar…
Entertaining for Friends and Family (Move over, Martha Stewart) :)
The breakfast was cooked by hubby. I just do the decorating :) Wait, not true. The dinner (Salad, appetizer, Indian butter chicken) was cooked by me. But seriously, I write and photograph – I rarely cook. I will cook if I think it will look pretty for my photographs :)
Alright, one more. Having the girls over for drinks? Confession: That’s not research. That’s just plain FUN!
What inspires YOU most in the summertime?