Hey all, today I'm handing things over to Michelle Scott.
Last week, I did the kind of thing I’d only do to make my daughter happy: I joined a gym.
For some strange reason, God blessed me – a nerdy, book-reading, rather lazy individual – with an athletic kid. As in she actually enjoys playing sports. As in she loves to exercise every day. As in she wants everyone else in the family to exercise alongside her. Hence the gym membership.
I write about hell in my books, and I’ve envisioned it as a gloomy, dingy office building with endless corridors leading nowhere. But the first time I got on the elliptical machine, I discovered an entirely new kind of hell. After five minutes on the machine, I had sweated through my t-shirt and was panting like I’d run a marathon. It then occurred to me that, rather than the depressing office building, hell would really contain a stadium full of ellipticals. (I’m going to work on that for the next book in the series!)
After a while, however, I fell into the rhythm of the exercise and when I did, an amazing thing happened: I started to unwind. Mentally, I mean. There was me, my music, and the machine, and everything else kind of faded into the background. It was strangely Zen-like.
See, writing it hard work. Obviously not physically difficult, but definitely mentally stressful. Trying to come up with plot threads that will keep readers engaged or trying to figure out how a character can get out of her contract with the Devil takes a lot of thought. It can boggle the mind.
So working out has become a way to keep my body in motion while at the same time letting my mind relax. Yes, it’s easy to focus on the pain, but it’s also easy to let my mind float free. When I’ve finished an hour at the gym, I’m physically exhausted but mentally alert. It’s like my mind has been power-washed of all its niggling concerns and stresses, and I walk away from the gym feeling refreshed.
Plus, as an added bonus, I’m also able to eat more chocolate since I’m working it off. Next to exercise, chocolate is the writer’s best friend.
About Michelle Scott:
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