I’m sure we’ve all heard it. Stretching is good for you. If we believe the exercise gurus it improves our flexibility. It improves muscle balance around a joint thus improving posture. It reduces the chance of injury. It increases the blood and nutrient supply to muscles and cartilage, thereby reducing muscle soreness after a workout.
I’m sure it’s all true. It just requires a lot of effort. Of course, so does exercise which is why it often ends up on the bottom of the to-do list. (Way at the bottom.)
Making myself write something beyond my comfort level is a form of creative stretching. I expect it is good for me but not always high on my fun list.
I’ve been stretching a lot these past days. (Creatively, not physically.) I have the privilege of being asked to write an editor-driven continuity. For those of you who don’t know, that means the editors plan a series of books, in this case 6 contemporaries, and 3 historicals. They develop the basic story idea for each book then assign them. This series is about a fictional town in Alaska built during the Klondike gold rush. The book I have been assigned is about a native woman familiar with natural healing and a doctor interested only in science.
Like I say, it’s been a stretching experience. I’ve researched the Klondike gold rush (at least I was somewhat familiar with that.), the Tlingit Indians, the gateway cities of the gold rush, medicinal plants of Alaska, medical practices of the 1800s, and on and on.
I guess it’s good for me. Or is it? Look at this video of a man doing some stretches and decide for yourself. (here’s the link in case the clip doesn’t work.
By the way, watch for the upcoming series Treasure Creek. The contemporaries come out later in 2010 and the historicals in early 2011.