Writing woes

Well, that may be exaggerating a bit. I’m going to the gym more frequently and when I am at the gym, working out, I am frequently thinking about my stories. I do this all of the time anyway. At work or on the train it is no big deal because if I hear a good piece of dialog in my head or figure out how to handle a particular plot complication, I can just jot down a note. It’s trickier at the gym. This morning, halfway through my cardio routine, I thought of inserting a few words into the opening paragraph of my newest story; it seemed to me those those few words would give the lead of the story some extra umph. The problem was I was on the elliptical machine. And I had another 20 minutes to go! There was no way I could write it down. Fortunately, it was only a few words, and easy to remember. But what if it were more complicated? Sometimes, I “hear” whole passages of dialog going through my head. There’d be no way to capture it on paper at the gym. I guess this is one of the downsides of working out. On the other hand, it gives me a good opportunity to practice some memory-improving exercises.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.