The physically fit writer: the phrase feels a little bit like an oxymoron to me. My dream image of a writer is someone nibbling at salty snacks and consuming vast amounts of liquid that medical authorities at one time or another have shuddered about, all while slumping in a chair, stressing over a keyboard. God, that’s the life, isn’t it?
LOL, OK, it’s a nightmare in reality. All that slumping messes with your breathing, and anyone who has the internet has probably seen the health warnings at one time or another, painted in lurid electrons of threat and menace.
And, thanks to the share-all aspects of the internet, we can often find writers talking about how exercise and health work for them.
MURAKAMI Haruki particularly comes to mind. He was in the news this week for his Nobel Prize nomination. (Didn’t get it. Again. But such is writing life. Sometimes the misses are very honorable and worthy things in themselves.) There’s a wonderful article here (The Atlantic Online, essay/interview by Mohsin Hamid in Joe Fassler’s series on writing.) about how he began exercising how it inspired another writer to start moving his body as well as his brain.
OK, so that’s it. It’s a beautiful fall weekend somewhere. (And a beautiful spring weekend for our friends in the southern hemisphere.) The trees are putting on their finery, the weather hasn’t gotten too extreme in temperature yet, and we need to enjoy it after the terrors of the past season, and the rigors of the future season. I hope you’ll share your exercise and writing experiences in the comments, and any other good stories or news.