There is something about physical movement that helps your creative muse move on paper. This is a simple but profound truth to tap into if you are a writer or any other kind of artist.
The reality for writers is that we can easily sit all day long. Well... Maybe not easily. Depends on the person, I suppose. But what I mean is that our creative endeavor finds us either curled up around a pen and paper, or gleefully hunched over a computer, tap-tap-tapping away at the keys. To write, you must sit. Sedentary. All the force going into transforming a concept from your brain into action in print.
Whatever you're writing...fiction, nonfiction...the words have to move. If you're telling a story...true, make-believe...your characters have to move. That's what action is. Poetry flows (or moves). Prose has a pace...slow or fast...but it is always in motion. That flow forward is what drives the reader onward. No flow, and you lose the reader. That's why there are plenty of resources on how to write action, or how to write scenes. Your writing has to go somewhere.
If you want to get that flow on the page to begin with, you have to move yourself as a writer. Yes, that means actually writing instead of dreaming about it, planning it, talking it over. Doing is a form of movement.
But you also need to move physically. There is something about physical movement that gets your brain going and starts the flow of ideas. I don't know why. I'm sure brain scientists can study it (and maybe they already have). But there is a connection between moving your body and creativity.
I notice this for myself in two key ways: when I'm walking and taking in the scenery, and when I'm doing something meditative in motion, like yoga or Tai Chi. The combination of physical movement, along with allowing the brain to wander, does wonders for loosening up thoughts and freeing me up to write without hindrance. I've heard other writers say the same. There's just something about it.
How do you get yourself in motion, physically and on the writing page? Do you have a routine for beating writers block with movement? Maybe you've never tried this, and now you think you might. Or maybe you've found one type of exercise helps you, while another form does nothing at all for your creativity. Share your thoughts. I'd love to hear them. Let's all get moving together!
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