Last night my wife and I watched Julie & Julia for the second time. Any bloggers out there who have not seen this film, I highly suggest it , since it centers around a blogger. I highly recommend it to anyone. The first time I watched it I wasn’t blogging, so this time I came away with some inspiration and personal application.
What I would like to focus on is how Julie did something, and then she wrote about it. She would cook and then she would write about the adventure. As writers we at times face the dilemma of not knowing what to write about. As shown by this movie, the best way to get around this dilemma is to do something, and then write about it.
Since this blog is for runners and writers alike, let’s focus on writing born from running. Many writers are runners, and I think this is because getting out on a run gets you motivated. To borrow the comment of a reader, you feel like you can conquer the world when you return from a run. So if a run helps feel as if we can conquer the world, then it definitely will give us the confidence to write.
If you don’t do this already try it out. Sit down with pencil and paper, pen and pad or laptop and blank screen. Write something down, like a title, subject, or sentence, even just a word will do. Then take that title or subject and go for a run. Whatever that piece of writing is, go for a run with it. You will find that by the end of the run you will know that subject on a more intimate level, and will not be able to wait to sit and write about it.
It helps bring sandwich bag with an index card and pen. I do this so I can write down key words or ideas while on the run.
In Julie & Julia the act of creating or cooking helped prompt the creation of writing. The main character wanted to write, but she needed a push. Cooking was her push. So if you want to write but you’re not writing, give yourself a push with a run.
Once you see the results of the run, it will motivate you to run the next day, and write the next day and then run again. You will have created a cycle that will benefit your writing and running.
Let me know if it works.