Running Writers

 “Running! If there’s any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can’t think what it might be. In running, the mind flies with the body; the mysterious efflorescence of language seems to pulse in the brain, in rhythm with our feet and the swinging of our arms. Ideally, the runner who’s-a-writer is running through the land and cityscapes of her fiction, like a ghost in a real setting.”

—-Joyce Carol Oates (2003)

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5 responses to “Running Writers

  1. For those of us who can’t run, walking works quite nicely as well. I can’t count the number of times I’ve walked away from a knotty writing problem only to find the solution in the middle of my walk while I’m thinking about something else entirely. Also, the cadence of walking is conducive to the construction of verse. So you run and I’ll walk and some marvelous writing will result.

  2. Hi Bev: I’d agree that walking (or hiking as they call it in the way out west) also works for deep thinking and constructing. I definitely need to leave the poetry/haiku writing to you, whether I walk or not;-)

    Thanks, Ink: I’m reading voraciously everything I can on Oates these days (for a project) and finding that she is an incredibly layered, fascinating writer and woman (and a runner, too, who knew?).

  3. Noooo, haven’t gotten to that one yet! Will NOW though, so thank you, Ink. Of course there is not world enough and time to read all of her works….

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