Workouts and Writing

So I’m working on a new thing, which I’m really excited about. I’ve written some 12,000 words over the last week, and I’m feeling pretty good about my characters and plot outline. And of course, it has that delicious ‘new baby’ appeal. Fresh beginnings are so much fun! Until I hit that inevitable slump that always kicks in for me somewhere between a third and halfway through the novel.

I’ve also started a home-style fitness bootcamp of sorts, seeing as summer is just around the corner and I’m not very happy with the situation of things around the equator, so to speak. Today was my first day, and I’ve been having fun organizing charts with exercises for each day and that sort of thing. I did my daily quota and feel great.

Only thing is… It’s all still shiny new and full of sparkles. I just know that by the time the second week rolls around I’m going to be looking for any excuse to take a day off. And you all know that pattern, right? A day off becomes two, and pretty soon that awesome exercise routine is buried under a pile of procrastination.

A bit like my writing slumps.

But I’ve trained myself to get over those slow times in writing. The bits where you suddenly hate your gorgeous new project with a passion, where the sparkle has worn off and you’re convinced your outline sucks. I’ve learned to take a couple of days off to binge-watch Arrow or to read a pile of someone else’s work, and then I’m back, stronger than before, sure of my step and ready to keyboard the heck out of that stalled story.

So now I just have to figure out how to apply that to exercise, and power through those slump days (and yes, I’m totally saying that in my head in the voice of the Geico camel). I have this rosy view of a golden future where I nail both the story and the ab flab. It’s going to be a great summer!

Or else you’ll find me hiding under my procrastination pile come September.

4 thoughts on “Workouts and Writing

  1. Thaddeus White says:

    I know what you mean, in both regards.

    I’ve taken a little time off exercise recently (small health reasons, nothing major), but have consistently exercised for a while now. Just keep up the habit, and after a certain length of time it’ll feel weird *not* to exercise. Also, writing has peaks and troughs, but I found after the initial “this isn’t new anymore” downturn I’ve not really had it again with exercise. It’s just good to do.

    Lastly, I’ve got a habit of tying a knot in a certain piece of string every time I do a set. When it’s fully knotted, I untie one knot after each set. And when it’s been tied and untied entirely, I review my exercise regime with a view to making it more difficult [I don’t want to overstate the case, I do the minimal amount to stop myself becoming fat, but it works for me].

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