Hey Writers – “GOOYOW!” – Get Out Of Your Own Way

For dancers and actors it’s obvious their bodies are their instruments. It’s a little less clear, but nonetheless true also for writers. Writing is not as much from the brain as from the heart, the belly, the groin. Writing is sedentary to be sure, which is all the more reason scribes need regularly to get off their butts and work at keeping their instrument in good working order. Among the greatest lessons I’ve learned as a writer and writing educator occurred during one of the eleven thousand miles I’ve swum in the Donald K. Park Pool at UCLA’s incomparable Sunset Canyon Recreation Center in the hilly, wooded northwest corner of our campus. What does swimming possibly have to do with writing? Read on.

– Richard Walter

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