Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Exercise those brain muscles

Twice a week, and sometimes on Saturday, my friend and I go to work out at the pool. I've been doing this for almost ten years now, and it's become a habit. When I don't go, I feel like something's missing. Certainly when the pool closes for a month or more due to maintenance, I'm sluggish and out of sorts.

As writers, it's important to exercise our brain muscles as well as our bodeis. We already know it's not healthy to sit in front of our computer for hours on end. We get up; we walk around; we stretch; we get the newspaper; we go for coffee. Sometimes we take a yoga break or go to the gym to work out. But what about our brain muscles?

Research shows that exercising our brains increases our memory and helps us in our aging process. What kinds of exercise can we do? There are always games to play such as crosswords, Sudoko, and any number of other online computer games which can be found a number of web sites. Do a word search or work a picture puzzle. But what about writing games?

Some of these writing games can be found in the book I reviewed a few weeks back, Creative Calisthenics by Terri Main. Another book I've used for brain exercises is The Write Brain Workbook by Bonnie Neubauer. If you don't wish to invest in a workbook, there are web sites which offer daily writing boosters. One place to look is http://www.writersdigest.com/WritingPrompts/ Another thing you can do is free write. Take a word such as ocean, think of other words associated with ocean,such as beach, sand, crab, dolphin, ship. Then write a story using all the words you come up.

Remember exercising your brain muscles is just as important as exercising your body's muscles.

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