On Writing and Exercise

Thanks to The Writing Bug for inspiring this. In a recent blog post, author Susan Mark compares the craft of writing to the exercise of riding a bicycle. One thing I’ve learned is that writing, like exercise, is easier if it’s something you want to do. An exercise program won’t work if you can’t get motivated to do it on a regular basis. If you’re writing something you have to write, and it’s not something you want to write, it’s hard to get into that as well. 

I participate in water exercise classes at the YMCA three days a week. On the days I don’t go to the Y, I take walks. When the weather’s bad, I use my treadmill. That’s pretty boring because I see the same old scene outside my window while I’m walking, but if I have a good book to listen to, I can usually stay with it for forty-five  minutes if time allows. Because I enjoy these activities, I’m motivated to do them on a regular basis.

Since January, I’ve been working on a memoir about my six years of experience caring for my late husband, totally blind and partially paralyzed as a result of two strokes. I have to distance myself once in a while because of the book’s personal nature. Last week was one of those weeks so I decided to focus on poetry instead. Because I told myself I didn’t have to write the next chapter of my memoir today, I was only too glad to go to my computer and do something else.

I’d love to go bike riding if I could ride a tandem with someone else. Because of my visual impairment, it wouldn’t be a good idea to steer my own bike. However, I’m content with my current exercise program and writing regimen. Happy riding and writing!


Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author of We Shall Overcome and How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com.

9 thoughts on “On Writing and Exercise”

  1. Abbie, I’d love to bike with you on a tandom! Next time you’re in Florida we’ll have to get one and ride around!


      1. Yes, hopefully if you book early enough you can get a good rate. I’m hoping Dad can come too this year.


  2. Wonderful post, Abbie! I’d never have connected the two, exercise and writing — I HATE exercise and I LOVE writing; no wonder I didn’t make the connection! LOL Great parallel, excellent post!


  3. I just need to find an exercise I like. Most any kind of writing I like. However, there are days I don’t want to do either – writing or exercise. On those rare days I select movies and watch all afternoon. Good post Abbie.


What Do You Think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Living in God's Pocket with ABI

Nurturing Compassion and Stewardship

The Thoughts and Ramblings of Steve

Musings, observations, and experiences as I make my way in the world.

Pictures From The Kitchen Window

Barbara Spencer Writes...


Bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled


journeys of the mind and body

Empish J. Thomas

Freelance Writer, Disability Blogger & Consultant

Clennell Anthony

Sexy, Fun, & Mysterious...


reflections on a passing life

luna's on line

Writing and Stuff by Chris Hall - Storyteller and Accidental Blogger

Mark Bierman

Adventures in Writing


The musings of a Londoner, now living in Norfolk

Have We Had Help?

The blog of a published writer

Thrills, Spills, and just a dash of Romance

One writer's experiences, and battles with words

Poetry and Practice

Creative Work, Social Action, Mindful Engagement

My Nook

A Website Showcasing My Writing and Me

The Tech Juggernaut

The Only Tech You Will Ever Need


spiritual enlightenment and self improvement

%d bloggers like this: