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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Exercise and Earn More


Dave Amaditz
In May of last year I posted about the benefits of daily exercise. I talked out how exercising gave me more energy and how having more energy translated into better writing. To read the entire post, follow this link . http://rt19writers.blogspot.com/2012/05/exercise-daily-and-keep-physically-fit.html

I still exercise four days a week and definitely benefit by having more energy afterwards. Except today, because for some stupid reason I decided to push it extra hard, and although I felt great after the workout, I'm paying the price now... stiff muscles, and a burning (pun intended) desire to go to bed and rest.

Of course, I won't let a little soreness stop me from exercising. Why would I? I know the benefits. And now, according to an article I recently read, research has shown that those who exercise daily earn more than those who do not exercise, by as much as 9%. To read a few different articles on the topic, follow these links.

So, now that we know how to get rich, shouldn't we be exercising? Think about it. Those who exercise earn more money. Shouldn't it stand to reason that those who exercise have more success in writing? Get more books published? Get more acceptance letters from editors and/or agents?

Hmmm. Something's wrong here. I just finished my novel, and as of last month, began querying agents... And so far... nothing. I know. I know. It's still quite early in the game. I need to give it plenty of time. So I will. I will be patient. (And keep my fingers crossed and say a few prayers in case the exercising doesn't work.)

Well, here's a shout-out to all the agents.

Hello agents! I exercise regularly. According to the article, I should be more successful...

On the other hand, maybe the shout-out won't make a difference. Maybe agents don't care if I exercise. I'll bet they do care if I'm writing and if I'm writing with quality though - - and for that, there is only one solution.

Sit in front of the computer. Write. Then rewrite. Rewrite. Rewrite. Workshop the manuscript with your writer's group. Then rewrite again.

Oh well, I guess it's a good thing I've been exercising after all, because now, at least, I'll have the energy to write a few quality pages.

And a stronger heart to handle the rejections I'm sure will come.


  1. "...a stronger heart to handle rejections..." I love it! I imagine most writers would exercise more if this would make the rejections easier.

  2. Yes, Cynthia, if only it was that simple... handling rejections and earning more. The gyms would be overflowing. Great to hear from you!