Some of my best inspirations have occurred on the treadmill, and there’s no coincidence about that. Researchers have proven that clarity of thought is enhanced by raising our heart rates. A high school outside Chicago has even implemented a “zero” hour where kids come in to run before their first class and test scores have gone through the roof (see Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey). I think it’s pretty cool that exercise is good for our brains.
Anyway this past Sunday I was on the treadmill and I had an idea. This is an idea that I’m “psyched out of my mind about,” to quote Miles Finch from the brilliant movie, Elf. The idea is to post about writing — to blog about telling a great story. You may not consider yourself to be a writer, but we all have stories to tell. God is doing something in each of our lives and being able to articulate that story is important.
Over the years I’ve logged a lot of time writing, I’ve read many books on writing, and I’ve attended writer’s conferences. But I’ve never really written about writing. It’s not that I fancy myself some expert. I’m definitely not. But I am excited to share what I know. So please check back on Tuesdays for some posts about writing. Next week, I’ll share about showing instead of telling. The next week I will post about the worst grammatical error in the world, which happens to be irritatingly commonplace. The next week I’ll post about the power of verbs and how this is often overlooked. See! I told you I was psyched out of my mind about it.
Until then, thanks for stopping by and may we heed the words of Peter each and every day: “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).