Yesterday, I wrote about 350 new words of fiction. If I compared that word count to what I used to produce 2 years ago, I might get depressed. Unless I consider other elements… like the fact that the 10-15 pages a day I used to be able to write in the past, were about 75 percent crap… which meant that I spent an insane amount of time editing, rewriting and glaring at the mess. Today, my average goes from 750 to 1500 words, but they are usually very good words.
I feel the same about physical fitness. When my body was at its prime, I could wake up at 5:13am, exercise for an hour and a half, eat breakfast, write my 10-15 pages, and go on with my day. I did this 5-7 times a week. And my workout plan was as undisciplined as my writing used to be. I only did what I felt like doing that day, and didn’t matter much; spending 90 minutes, 5-7 times a week, running around like a loon burned a lot of calories. But you know what? I no longer have that kind of time. As with my writing, I need to go from length to quality.
So my goal for the Into Spring Fitness challenge, which I joined a few days ago, is to teach myself to maximize the time I dedicate to physical fitness. I will begin by exercising
45 minutes to an hour, 3 times a week, 45 minutes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 60 minutes on Saturdays (I want to accumulate 13 broom points per week). I will also schedule my workout sessions in a way that will benefit my writing. I’ll try different things, and see what works best.
Next week, Sunday, I’ll have my first report of my juggling of writing, exercising... *fingers crossed*
When do you workout, before or after writing? Does it make a difference?