Active Recovery

I used to think that rest days were sit-down-and-do-nothing days. Then I discovered the magic of active recovery.

The idea is this: the day after a long run, instead of sitting still, go for a walk. It allows your muscles to recover from the wear and tear of the run through activity. As a result your overall fitness level increases yet you still recover.

If we apply this to writing then after a long writing project, when we’re creatively exhausted, rather than stopping cold turkey we can instead write for only twenty minutes. We can sit back with pen and paper and explore a character or an idea without the pressure of a deadline or specific word count.

In this way, our creativity is restored through writing and in the end, we’ll be stronger.


About the author 

Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis is a bestselling author, literary editor, and podcaster with a passion for stories by, for and about women.

Each month, Valerie recommends books from literature’s best female authors. Selections come from every genre because women write, and read, in every genre. The Women’s Fiction category offers up some terrific novels, but these days there’s a strong female presence in thriller, horror, crime, and other genres traditionally dominated by male writers. No matter what the publishing companies may think, in the 21st Century, Women’s Fiction is whatever we want it to be.

stories for women, by women, and about women

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