Monday, 16 January 2012

Mens Sana in Corpore Sano (or beating Writer's Bottom)

"A healthy mind in a healthy mind," goes the famous Latin saying. But is there a direct correlation for authors between being fit and healthy, and being better writers?

In an attempt to beat off Writer's Bottom, I've been exercising recently, and it does seem to consume an awful lot of time which used to go on writing and planning. It's not just the exercise time, but getting my kit ready, and stretching, then showering afterwards. I also tend to go to bed earlier on exercise days, as my body is whacked out after an hour in the gym or walk-jogging in the fresh air, which further cuts down on writing time.

Yet when I do sit down to write, I feel a little sharper than before I started exercising, and as though I have more energy both for writing and for spinning out ideas.

I have yet to see, long-term, whether exercising will help or hinder my writing. (Though I haven't done as much writing as I should in the past month, it's true.) But my new exercise regime is at least having a positive effect on the size of my Writer's Bottom, which was considerable a few months ago, and is now ... well, a little less considerable!

Plenty still to work on there, alas.