Work-Out Writer “tip” of the day . . . Form, y’all

16 Jan

Sampling of Today’s Work-out Soundtrack (and I can see my friends’ raised eyebrows at the choices, since they know I crush on some Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, Broken Bells, MGMT, etc, but there ain’t nuttin’ like Pop and Techno to get me jumping round on that treadmill!): Sandstorm, 50 Techno Trance Anthems; Satisfaction, Benny Benassi & the Biz; Sparks (Turn Off Your Mind) Fedde Le Grand/Nicky Romero;  I’m Sexy & I Know It,  LMBFAO (makes me laugh).

abs tight, glutes tight, hold your balance, feel strong

abs tight, glutes tight, hold your balance, feel strong

Fitness Tip: Good posture – your form – is as important in your work-out as the work-out itself. Without proper form, you may set yourself up for injury, and as well, you are not doing the exercise correctly and in the best possible way for optimal benefit. Don’t think of “good posture” as some kind of ATTENTION! military-like snap-to, but instead, stand with feet slightly apart, eyes forward, chin lifted, arms at your sides. Gently lift your chest, as if a light string is attached to your upper chest to the ceiling holding your chest gently up, and let your shoulders gently and naturally fall back –that string attached to the ceiling is gently pulling up your upper chest and your shoulders naturally fall back: do you see? Breathe in and fill your chest and when you exhale pull your abs in — try to keep your abs tight but do not hold your breath. As you grow stronger, you will be able to hold in your abs naturally. When you exercise, you keep that basic posture of chest up, shoulders back, abs strong, eyes forward, chin lifted. Breathe in on the easy part of your exercise move, and exhale (pulling in abs) on the difficult part. It helps to count aloud as it forces you to think about breathing. The stronger you are, the more you practice good form, the more instinctively it comes to you.

Oh how I love thee Strunk & White

Oh how I love thee Strunk & White

Writing tip: The more you learn the basic “forms” of your manuscript, the easier your edits will be. As in: one period after punctuation, each character’s dialogue as its own paragraph, be aware of relying on too many adjectives/adverbs, etc etc etc. The more you write, the stronger your writing will be, and the more you will instinctively write even your “shitty rough drafts” in proper form. I love breaking rules where appropriate, but I had to learn the rules first–do your research, there are plenty of books out there to help you–and learn all you can about punctuation, voice, POV, etc. You’ll be so glad you did when edit time comes–and your editor will love you for it, too!

Later y’all.

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10 Responses to “Work-Out Writer “tip” of the day . . . Form, y’all”

  1. johnrailtime January 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    Years ago in English 101, I had to map a book. At the time, I thought, so. Now years later I understand the mapping of a book/story. It is my guide to get from here to over there. The more I use that, the easier the travel in the story is.

    • katmagendie January 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

      My brother and I took off on a spur of moment trip after our dad died and we were devastated – we meandered from Texas (where he lives) though Okla, Arkansas, Missouri, a piece of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and to my home in NC – – we stopped when something interested us, esp caves and caverns and small local eateries. We didn’t use mapquest or GPS — we had a map that we’d look at only when necessary, and a general sense of direction. I thought we were directionless, but really, we were not – we knew we needed to go northeast and then northwest; we knew we had to get me home to NC from his home in Texas; . . . even in our most breaking the rules moments, there is form, isn’t there?


  2. karenselliott January 16, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    I’m sexy and I know it too. Hey – great tips! So many of my clients are embedding line after line of dialog in big hunking paragraphs! Ack!

    • katmagendie January 17, 2013 at 8:39 am #

      Aw lawdy!
      I remember when I didn’t know how to write dialogue – it scared me and vexed me – now it’s one of my strengths! practice practice practice! :D

  3. Barbara Forte Abate January 16, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    Good posture has become my obsession (mine and everyone else’s!). Being the tall girl in a sea of height challenged friends was most effective in leading me into the slouching habit in high school. Now, a bajillion years later, I’m still working very conscientiously to shirk the very BAD habit off. Now if I just keep thinking “I’m Sexy and I Know It” I’m sure to improve both my posture and my strut :-D

    • katmagendie January 17, 2013 at 8:39 am #

      I was always the short girl, and still am. Dang! But I can still strut :-D

  4. CG Blake January 16, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    The Elements of Style rule! or is it rules? Better look it up.

  5. Vaughn Roycroft January 17, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    The music doesn’t really surprise me. We all have our various playlists for our various activities. The comparisons on form, from exercise to writing, make perfect sense to me. Doing things correctly by rote, by not developing bad habits. Nuthin’ new, but still smart!

    • katmagendie January 17, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

      i is very smart, ain’t I’s ? :-D

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