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Shake Up Your Writing Muscles

I’m not gonna lie, I hate working out.  Yesterday I shook up my work out routine and I’m paying the price.  Instead of relying on the machines for my strength training, I did a few sets of squats that ended in a standing shoulder press with weights.  Not a big deal right?  I mean, lifting is lifting is lifting.


I can barely walk today.  My thighs burn like a forest fire on a hot July night because of this little tweak in my routine.  No pain, no gain–or so the saying goes.  And it’s true.  To build muscle, we must break it first.  Yet, working our muscles in the exact same way each and every time we hit the gym only trains our muscles to memorize the routine and work more efficiently, thereby burning fewer calories.

Sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it?

Have I mentioned how much I hate working out?  How insane a person must be to think this is FUN?  That self-inflicted torment is so not right on many levels?

And yet, there’s a lesson in here.  If our muscles get bored with the same exact routine, doesn’t it follow that our minds would as well?  That if we only ever write in the exact same place, in the exact same way, each and every day our creativity will suffer from our over-efficiency?

Imagine how much stronger our writing could be if we were unafraid to push ourselves and try something new.  Instead of writing our slow and steady pace, what would happen if we wrote–for just one day–like we were a NaNoWriMo participant?  Or, instead of flying entirely by the seat of our hip-hugging low-riders, what would happen if we actually fleshed out some portion of our novels ahead of time?  Or, what if we wrote in the laundry room or the bathtub or in the middle of the food court in the mall?  What if we performed our day backward and ate dinner for breakfast and started writing after lunch instead of before it?

I’m not suggesting we shake up things every day, just every once in a while to give our brains a little boost.  A little infusion of otherness that challenges our writing muscles and keeps them from getting bored.

How about you?  Do you think this is beneficial, or do  you believe that adhering to a strict schedule is the most productive way to write?  What do you do to shake things up in your writing routine?  What parts of your writing routine are sacred and therefore must never be disturbed?

Curious minds want to know!

Refallen Writers

For the record, catching up is hard to do.  Over the past two months, my computer has gone kaput and my home internet is spotty at best.  After purchasing a new netbook two weeks ago, I’ve been busting my tail to catch up on blogs, writing, critiquing and AQConnect.  Not an easy task, in case you were wondering.

All this busy-ness makes me miss my “carefree” days as my computer languished in hospice and Kindle and I played friendly games of Scrabble between housework and homework…or not so friendly at times.

Lean in close: Kindle is a cheater head.

Refallen?  Really?  Thinking of this word in a sentence is like listening to plastic forks rub together.  I have refallen down the stairs.  I am a refallen angel.  The tree has refallen.   

Has anyone ever used that in a sentence?  If you have–and you weren’t drunk–please let me know and I’ll lighten up on Kindle.  As it is, only two literary examples come up in my internet search.  The first appearing in 1845 and the last appearing in a text in 1910.  Even refall only shows up twice, both in the 1800’s.

Can you imagine the agent who receives that word in a query letter?  Or the editor who finds it tucked away in a manuscript?  I wonder if they’d simply hit delete or actually check it out?

Although, I suppose that other than really naughty guardian angels and historical cities, writers might come the closest to living the word.

I know my writing life has definitely refallen into a state a chaos since my computer kacked.

Okay, I’ll grant those 30 points back, Kindle.

How about you?  Since school started up has your writing refallen?   Any other changes that turn your writing world topsy-turvy on a regular basis?  When chaos strikes, how do you regain your stability?  Any tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated.


PS~ Spell check doesn’t count it as a word either.

*takes back the 30 points*