Thursday, March 22, 2007

Work Out Cheats!

No, I don't mean cheating by less reps or weaseling out of working out :P

One of the best things you can do for yourself, personally, AND for your carreer is keeping in shape. A rigorous work out routine and a healthy diet give you more energy and brain power than any substitute for it - like high energy drinks, coffee, pop or worse...those energy pills.

So by all means work out and keep working out!

However, here are some ways you can eek writing into your work out -

If you go to a gym turn off your radio on your way to and from the gym. Use the time driving to ponder your plots, characters, twists or promotions.

Use timers. If your workout can be timed instead of having to count reps by all means do it. This frees your mind to ponder!

Take full use of video and DVD workouts. Once you run through a workout a few times with the people on the screen you can put yourself on autopilot. I do this a lot...I tune out what the instructor is saying (I've already worked through the program a few times - so I don't need the repeat), visually follow their movements and allow myself to delve into my characters, hash out the days writing (I usually work out in the morning), work through plot issues or ponder new promotions for Apparitions.

Give it a shot and see how much time for writing you can swindle in during your workout!

About the Author -

Raven Bower is the author of the upcoming horror novel, Apparitions (ArcheBooks May 2007)

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Anonymous Mark said...

Though just remember folks, keep your eyes on the road when driving. It's always a good thing to work on your plots and chars... but staying safe is even better.

Another good way to plot while working out is running - I personally love taking long runs in the nearby woods, and when I do it, I skip the whole mp3 player and other stuffs and instead just focus inwards and visualize out my plots.

Though, I'd recommend learning the paths before doing that... Otherwise it's... less than pleasent.

Thu Mar 22, 09:45:00 AM  
Blogger M. B. Weston said...

I love it! Things I haven't thought about. And I'm so glad you believe that working out is important.

Of course, the best workout plan in the world is the Weston Commercial Cleaning, Inc. Diet and Weight Loss Plan, where you can't afford to eat and you clean so much that you lose weight. The only good part of it is that I work out plots and publicity campaigns while cleaning toilets. Yeah!

Once we get enough business to make it possible for me not to enjoy the weight loss bennefits of so much work, I'll probably end up doing Mark's idea--jogging. Something I used to do before my husband decided to start a cleaning business.

Fri Mar 30, 11:11:00 PM  
Blogger Raven Bower said...

Well see! All that work will pay off!

I've always wondered this about professional cleaners. When you get home do you hate cleaning your own house after spending hours cleaning other places?

Sat Mar 31, 09:24:00 AM  

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