Tuesday, 16 May 2017

It's Time to Get on Your Bike, by Wendy H. Jones


The title of this blog could come across as quite rude as this saying now has two meanings. This being a writers' blog it might be a good idea to clarify what I mean. In this case, it's go cycling. 

I've recently had my bike returned to me after my two nieces borrowed it. It has been returned in perfect condition which means they didn't use it much. After many years of illness, I have now fully recovered, so it's time for me to get on my bike. I am looking forward to exercising again, and to discovering the Scottish countryside in a different way. In the process I will become healthier and fitter. Win Win, so to speak.

What's this got to do with writing I hear you ask? A very good question. It's all to do with perspective and clearing your brain. I've been thinking a lot about perspective lately, and have written about it on the More Than Writers Blog. You can read it here. 

When we drive from A to B, we are in a protected bubble. Much of our perspective is inside the car and on the road ahead. We are protected from the elements and from much of what is going on around us. Moving from the car onto a bike, helps us to change our perspective. It helps us to view the world in a different way, and to experience it in a disparate way.

But, cycling is so much more than just a change of perspective. It also helps to clear our brain and energise us, making our brains, and bodies so much more alert. Writing will then flow more easily than if we are sluggish. 

To finish, I am urging you to do something different before your tart writing today. If you don't have a  bike, go for a walk even if it's just around your garden. 

I was at a talk yesterday where the author encouraged us to try free writing before starting to write for the day. It is something I am going to try. 

Have you got any tried and tested ways of getting into the zone before you start writing. Please share them in the comments below.

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Wendy H. Jones is the author of the best selling DI Shona McKenzie Mystery series of crime novels set in Dundee. Killer's Crew, the fifth booking the series was released in November, 2016. Dagger's Curse, the first book in her Fergus and Flora, Young Adult Mystery series was released on 10th September, 2016. She also has one non fiction book, Power Packed Book Marketing: Sell More Books.

7 comments:

Lynne Garner said...

I've had an idea for many a book whilst out walking the dog. When she was young we'd be out for a couple of hours, that's a lot of thinking time.

JO said...

I don't have a car nor a bike, so walk and use public transport all the time - great for thinking time, and it's wonderful what you overhear in cafes.

Chris Longmuir said...

Wendy, as someone who writes on the move, have you thought about investing in a laptop add-on to your bike. You could type with one hand and steer with the other!

Wendy Jones said...

Chris wins the prize for the most creative comment and idea, ever.

Bill Kirton said...

As someone who uses a bike most of the time, I think I should point out, Wendy, that Ms Longmuir's suggestion may only be a ruse to reduce the crime-writing competition in and around Dundee. If she offers to design and make the laptop attachment, consult me before accepting.

Wendy Jones said...

Bill, you are probably right. I now have your number on speed dial

Chris Longmuir said...

Foiled!