Running Is Writing
I love running, and not just because it gets me out in the fresh air and energizes me. When I’m running, my mind is free to wander without boundaries, which always sparks writing ideas. Sometimes it’s just a few lines to add to a poem. Others it’s an entire rewrite of a chapter.
Today’s run was even more fruitful than ever! I started my four mile route with a short story running through my head called Memory Lane. I’d written it for a contest on The Write Practice, but I ultimately decided not to submit it. I liked the premise, but it needed work.
As my mind turned over the different directions the story could take, my thoughts turned to fate, missed chances, and how we don’t know at the time that what’s happening will turn out for the best. It’s only when we look back that we can appreciate what happened – however it turned out.
During my run I conceived of a collection with five short stories about fate, love, and life. In addition to the existing Memory Lane story, I fleshed out full ideas for What Fate Allows, When the World Needs Two, I’m Going to Marry Him, and When Someone Truly Loves You.
These stories didn’t happen out of nowhere, though. They’re bits and pieces of ideas I’ve been thinking about, but hadn’t found a home for them yet. I’m super excited about the plot lines and how the stories will unfold!
The recording app on my iWatch got a lot of use today. As soon as I got home I listened to my run-fueled brainstorming and started writing each of the stories.
What about you? When do your best writing ideas come?