Hello! I've been wanting to do this post for a while, but I've been getting so many awesome questions lately I had to put it off.
I want to talk about muscle.
It's meaty. Sometimes it's buff and toned and large; sometimes it's thin and atrophied. Why?
I'm grossly simplifying here, but there are two main reasons why healthy muscle is, well, healthy.
1) Use it or Lose it. Muscle needs work. It's true. Have you known someone with a broken bone that got a cast? After the limb gets out of the cast, it's much smaller than the healthy other side, right? The atrophy is from lack of use. It's the same reason why a paraplegic will have wasted looking legs. Without the nerves shooting signals for the muscles to contract, those muscles waste away.
Muscle needs to be challenged in order to maintain a certain level of functionality.
2) Substrate=Food. Muscle needs nutrients--a healthy balance of minerals, vitamins, and protein keeps it going. There's a reason why people who are starving look so thin. If the body doesn't get enough nutrients, it's going to suck them from our own bodies. And thus, our muscles can wilt.
Why is a writer's imagination like muscle?
1. "Use it or lose it." I can remember clearly a time when I thought, "I could never write a book. I can't imagine anything interesting!" I was a wimpy and weak in the imagination department. Well, one day I had an idea. And I worked on it hard, in ways my scientific brain was unused to. And then, a whole world opened up. I saw ideas in everything.
Once I started using that atrophied imagination muscle in my brain, I saw more and more.
2. Nutrients. You need to feed your imagination! This can be literal (chocolate). It can literary (lot of reading). It can be other things, like being well rested, keeping your stress level healthy, or making sure you balance in life is good. Maybe it's expanding your horizons by going on vacation to a new place, or learning about something completely alien to you.
Muscles and imagination are very complex entities, and we need to keep them healthy!
What have you done lately to take good care of your imagination?
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