Friday, June 8, 2012

Why dancing is good for your writing

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The other thing that's been on my mind this week is, of all things, dancing. In preparation for leading a line-dance session at a retreat this weekend (okay, scoff if you must, but SOME physical activity is needed after all that time folded into chairs, listening to speakers,  and eating, eating, eating....!), I've been punctuating my writing and editing days with bursts of cuttin' the rug. As a result, I've concluded that dancing is the perfect antidote to hours of sitting in front of the computer. Here's why:

*We tend to write and edit in private, which means we can dance in private, too, which means nobody's laughing at us, like they did when we attempted to do the Electric Slide at Cousin Tillie's wedding.

*Long hours spent in front of the computer or hunched over a writing desk curves our bodies into an unattractive and unhealthy C-shape. After a while, we start to ossify. Not only does it just plain feel good to get up and move once in a while, but it's beneficial for our joints and ligaments and internal organs and circulation and probably some other stuff, too.

*The weather's been lousy all week here in North Idaho. Hiking, biking, and even gardening have no appeal, but dancing is a weatherproof activity.

*Experts suggest that deskbound workers get up and move every so often. Yeah, right. In the middle of an intense writing session, who has time for that? You do, when the length of one song is a measly three or four minutes. Look for a song you like that "has a good beat, you can dance to it," as they used to say on American Bandstand (RIP Dick Clark). Here's a good one--just be careful not to hurt yourself. :-)

*Music is good for your brain and gives it a rest from all that wordy-work. And you might even get some fabulous insight or inspiration while you're tripping the light fantastic, your mind free to float at will.

So step away from the keyboard, crank the tunes, and start bobbing and weaving. You'll be glad you did!

1 comment:

Jennifer Rova said...

My favorite coffee mug wisdom is one that says "God, please keep one hand around my shoulder and the other over my mouth." Coffee mugs are smart! It must all that caffeine they have flowing through their veins.