New Year, New You and all that…

January is halfway over and statistically speaking most of us have already broken our resolutions. It’s easy to throw in the towel at this stage of the game, but it’s important to not give up.

My top two resolutions for this year were to both write and exercise more. However, my hunt for a job has been all consuming. To that end I need a definite shot in the arm to carve out the time to work on both my writing and my health. On that note I came across a great bit of advice from Jennifer Egan on Advice to Writers:

Exercising is a good analogy for writing. If you’re not used to exercising you want to avoid it forever. If you’re used to it, it feels uncomfortable and strange not to. No matter where you are in your writing career, the same is true for writing. Even fifteen minutes a day will keep you in the habit.

She’s dead right. Getting words on paper or pavement under your feet doesn’t need to be a multi-hour commitment, small chunks a day can still get results.

With that in mind I’m going to give these five exercises from Alex Mathers a whirl over the next few days. The exercises are designed to uncover things you might not have known about yourself. As Alex puts it:

Journaling is one thing, but writing on a specific concept for the purpose of discovery can prove fascinating.

The beauty of the following exercises is not only in the ideas you come up with but in what you learn you are capable of; what you learn about yourself that is crying out to be found.

So I’m all in. Fifteen minutes of writing and fifteen minutes of exercise. I’ll keep updating my progress and what I end up finding out about myself. If you’re interested in reading more or trying the exercises check out Thrive Global.

Happy writing!

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