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Exercise: An excellent way to combat Writer’s Block

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a busy week at work. I’m still noodling an idea for another story and sending queries. I’m also running to stay in shape, and I got to tell you there’s nothing like that runner’s high. When I run in the morning before work, I have a better mental attitude throughout the day.

Exercise is important for everyone. It keeps you in shape and lowers the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It’s especially important for writers because writing is such a sedentary activity. When I’m in the midst of creating a story, I could write all day. I have to force myself to take a break and exercise. I make sure and do it though because it also helps my writing. I’ve solved many plot holes while I’m running, and exercise keeps my creative juices flowing.

To keep me from getting bored, I also engage in Yoga and Hiking. Both provide not only physical benefits, but emotional ones as well. Yoga is a great way to focus on yourself. It brings me clarity when I’m dealing with complicated issues. I’m allowed to focus on my needs and find solutions to difficult dynamics. Sometimes we run into issues with family members, and we have to be creative to solve problems that arise.

Hiking is another terrific way to exercise. It’s also a great stress reliever, too. I’ve also found that when I’m writing, if I take time out for a hike through the woods or the beach, I solve plot holes and come up with creative stories. Noodling ideas in the woods is an excellent way to improve a great story.

So, if your stuck in a story and not sure how to move it forward. Step away from your work and go for a run or a hike. I guarantee you’ll either solve your problem while you’re exercising, or you’ll feel better about your story, and you’ll come back to it with a fresh attitude and solve it that way.

How about you? How do you deal with your writing when you’re stuck? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!


I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.

10 thoughts on “Exercise: An excellent way to combat Writer’s Block

  1. I’ve always felt exercise of any kind allows me to place a focus on that alone, freeing my mind up, and releasing those magical endorphins that trigger positive vibes. It gets me un-stuck from any negative thoughts and allows me to reset, and approach whatever I am working on with a fresh approach.

      1. Basketball is an excellent way to exercise and it’s a great way to learn how to work as a team. Lifting weights is working out, my oldest swears by it, even though I try to get him to add cardio to his workouts as well.

  2. My knee won’t allow me to run with the multiple surgeries I’ve had, but I do what I can, Lisa 😉 Great reminder of how we were built to move ☺️

    1. Sorry to hear about your knee. But I’m sure you’re doing what you can. I know you’re very health conscious. Thanks for stopping by, Sharon. I appreciate you!

  3. This is why I have created a small space for myself in a rented ‘shop’ near to my home. It ensures that I move – get dressed, go off to ‘work’ and come back – walking and also have a better routine in place at home.

    1. Good for you! Walking is so good for you. It’s good for your cardiovascular system and for your back, and walking one mile burns as many calories as running one mile. So, it’s good for weight management as well. 🙂

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