Writing

Physical Activity Breaks Writer’s Block?

December 15, 2017

I fancy myself as a professional writer and I have high hopes for a bright future in print. Fellow writers can certainly relate to the trials and tribulations of a creative endeavor that challenges every brain cell in your head. Sometimes I am full of ideas and at other times, writer’s block takes hold. Its firm grip is not easily released. I can battle it by taking a nap, going for a walk, or inviting a friend over to watch a ball game or movie. Most of the time it works, and if not I just try something else. I can sit quietly and meditate or get active and go to the gym. I often choose to listen to my favorite music or try something new in the kitchen. I don’t have a lot of hobbies because they can interfere with the creative process if they are too frequent. Nothing should deter me when I am on a roll. It is a precious time that doesn’t come as often as I would like.

Thus, writing is very challenging as a profession or a pastime. It doesn’t matter whether you are penning novels, informational articles, poetry, blogs or non-fiction prose. It is all a wonderful occupation because it touches on the realm of art and human self-expression. It can be a career and be lucrative once you reach success. Even part time work is economically productive. With this in mind, let me get back to writer’s block. The other day it was knocking at my door and I had to get out of the house and abandon my computer. A friend and I decided to go and read trampoline reviews online, something I had never done before. Isn’t this for kids? Well, let me tell you that it is not so. We also went and tested some models ourselves, bouncing up and down and we had a rip-roaring time. I was laughing a lot as I lost my balance and went from side to side precariously and perhaps in peril. Ha! Not a chance. The best part of the day was that after a while, I believed that the trampoline activity had knocked some ideas loose. I knew this to be true because that night, words poured from my head and my fingers were racing on the keyboard to get it all down.

I wrote pages and pages thanks to the trampoline. I had never done this before after physical exercise. The idea was certainly not a bust. The next time I am clogged up, I am going again. It has other benefits. It burns calories and help keep you fit. It is a lot more fun than the treadmill at the gym. If you go with a friend or family member, it is a veritable outing and a great time for bonding. It feels like a celebration just to be among other happy people. It is a great choice for a kid’s birthday or just for buddy time.