1/04/2010

Dance Breaks

When I write?

I must take dance breaks.


I started dancing when I was four. At my first recital I was the ONLY child in step, as my parents STILL like to point out. I continued dancing through high school on my (highly competitive) dance team. We were called the Southern Belles. Yes, really. Look at that hair. Look at that shiny vest. Look at those elbows! And the bow tie! I had to fight boys of with a ... oh wait. No, I didn't.







I eventually went on to dance in college. (Except I went to a small, liberal arts, Baptist college, where dancing was not allowed. We were called the pom squad. And we didn't have dances on campus - we had "Foot Functions." I guess the board of directors never saw Footloose. Kick off your Sunday shoes and what not.) I'm the one at the end leaning over in my lap and being a goober. That's the way I roll.




I still love "The Dance." (Notice the absence of pictures.) However, my center of balance is no longer what (or where) it once was. Most of my dancing is done in the living room or kitchen with my kiddos. There was that one time this fall at the Jackson Rathbone/100 Monkey's concert, but ... we won't talk about that. (Notice the absence of pictures.)

Turning on the music and letting loose really helps me solve plot problems. It probably has something to do with increased blood flow, or maybe when I'm dancing I shake my brain back into place so it works properly.

What works for you? What do you do that helps the words flow more easily? Gets you out of a rut? Keeps you out of prison for computerslaughter?

In case you'd like to take a dance break today, I shall share this awesome video that CJ Redwine shared with me. Dance away! And if you're anywhere close to my age? Have Ben Gay and a heating pad handy before you start.



21 comments:

  1. I knew you'd love it. It is Teh Awesome.

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  2. Hehe that was awesome and you danced too! Squee, more we have in common:-) Though I never joined an official team, I always created my own groups. Hope your having a good Monday!

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  3. I find that sitting in a hot tub or taking a hot shower helps me work out story issues.

    If they only made a digital recorder that was water-proof. :)

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  4. Yeah...I can't dance. I will dance occasionally--but alcohol is usually required. But music does help me solve plot problems. Just not in a wiggling-around-out-of-tune-and-embarrassing-myself kind of way. And when all else fails...I talk to myself. Yep. I conduct an interview between myself (the writer) and myself (the character) out loud, and talk through the problem. It's highly embarrassing (I can't quite believe I'm admitting it here) but it can work wonders. And hey, it's good practice for the looney bin, where I fully expect to end up someday. :)

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  5. That was a superfun dance mix!! Love the mix of artists.
    My kids and I turn up the iPod and do dance parties, but I never thought to do it to help my writing! :)
    Taking a couple days break or suggestions from my critique group help a bit when I'm stuck.

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  6. My best get away is to have everyone out of the house so I can sing and move (I won't call it dancing) along to some very loud music. If not that, then 15 minutes on the treadmill watching part of a movie musical also boosts my energy and gives me a much needed break.

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  7. Great post! We like to dance with our granddaughter and the dogs..not very graceful, but lots of fun..lol.

    Blessings, andrea

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  8. THAT is awesome!

    I usually sit down and daydream with my notebook, the old fashion way. lol It gets my mind going... if that doesn't work, I do what you do. Me and my kids rock it all the time.

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  9. I take a nap. Read. Shower. Paint. Sometimes I get the feeling I need to be doing something. Other times, doing nothing. Love the clip!

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  10. Since I am exactly the same age as you, I took your advice and had the BenGay and heating pad handy. Loved the video. Taking muscle relaxer now and off to bed.

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  11. Oh yeah, I'm all for the dance break, stir things up. I should do it more often. --or else I'll be talking to my screen like Shannon ;)
    Hey, my verification is dencer, close enough!

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  12. I'm jealous! Not only can I not dance, but you got to see Jackson!
    I hope all is well with th writing.

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  13. That's awesome! I love dance but alas, just like music, I have no talent for it. I'm kind of addicted to that show So You Think You Can Dance. To unwind I ride my horse. Not as glamorous, but it definitely works!

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  14. Frankie - but you can belly dance. BELLY dance. My belly dances all by itself.

    DL - I got one of those kid crayons for the shower! It works like a gem.

    Shannon - We can share a room. Do you like pink?

    Kelly - I remember that post of the videos of you dancing! It was inspiring!

    Heather - I also find an empty house inspiring. Also, it allows for nekkid dancing.

    Andrea - I need to see a pic of the dancing dogs. Like, I need to see it YESTERDAY.

    Crystal - A spiral notebook holds promises no hard drive ever will. I fully agree!

    JD - That's the second shower suggestion! I concur!

    Tricia - As long as the screen doesn't talk back. Wait ... there's a story idea there!!!

    Catie - Jackson in person was interesting. You could totally tell he was all, "Where's RPattz, now? Huh?"

    Heather - You have a horse. I haz a jealouz. Also, I have MORE than one character based off of a SYTYCD contestant. True story.

    Terri - Muscle relaxers ... ahhhhh. *digs around in bottom of purse*

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  15. I can't dance, but I have other ways to figure it all out.
    I like chocolate, that really helps me, not that I down it all the time it is an occasional treat. I also take walks and talk it through with myself, makes me sound crazy but it helps.

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  16. Remember busting the Move at the Underground and such?... I tried to show some teenagers I still had the moves and I pulled a hip muscle. Make me feel old, but I still love to dance.

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  17. Wow. Awesome. All I can do is watch sytycd and pretend. ;)

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  18. Oldest Daughter just started at this new dance place and they have a ton of classes for adults who danced as younguns and just want to dance again. Love that!

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  19. That video was awesome. Some of those songs feel like I liked them longer ago than 2009. Wow. A lot happened last year.

    As to Jackson Rathbone. I love him.

    Story ideas? I am a writing thinker. I just start writing, like I'm talking to a friend.

    Isn't it funny that computerslaughter could be computer slaughter or computers laughter?

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  20. Since I am exactly the same age as you, I took your advice and had the BenGay and heating pad handy. Loved the video. Taking muscle relaxer now and off to bed.

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  21. THAT is awesome!

    I usually sit down and daydream with my notebook, the old fashion way. lol It gets my mind going... if that doesn't work, I do what you do. Me and my kids rock it all the time.

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