The archetypical swan-pale writer taps out chapters through the night, whiskey at hand, refusing food and slumber. It makes you wonder how much more Fitzgerald might have done if he’d put a little bit of that creative genius into living better. No matter how well we write when we’re feeling crappy, we write even better when we feel well.
But, when we’re looking for more writing time, it’s tempting to take our health for granted. “I’ll go to bed later.” “I’ll get up earlier.” “I’ll lock myself away until it’s done.” “No time to cook.” “Walk? When?” How much better to carve out writing, revising, and publishing time from what doesn’t serve us: repeated email checking, web surfing, online shopping, phone twiddling, and the rest of the close-focus time-eating opportunities offered by the brilliant network of 21st century life.
Of all the assets we bring to the reading world, a writer’s greatest strengths are personality and intellect. Our minds shine through every word we write. Getting exercise, particularly walking (see the the New Yorker article on thinking and walking here) improves our thinking. Eating whole foods, including more vegetables than we ever thought possible, helps our brains operate better. Getting a good night’s sleep lifts our moods, and helps us see what we can create, how far we can go, and how to live the writing life we desire.
I hope it’s another brilliant writing week for you.
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