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Week Two: Sore Wrists

  • April 11, 2016
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That’s what happens when you grab and are grabbed in my self-defense class dozens of times. Well, to be fair, I’m sure not everyone had sore wrists. Just me.

I arrived at day two of class with trepidation. My knees and thighs were sore and I was pretty sure I had a pulled muscle in my side. I almost didn’t go at all.

But the character in my book knew the importance of doing this and she’s in better shape than I am so I had to suck it up. I’m glad I did. I fully participated, and at the end of the session everything but my wrists felt just fine. (Reminder to self: warming up before practicing at home is key.)

And how does this relate to my writing? I know a writer who wrote such wonderful skiing scenes in her story, I assumed she skied. She didn’t, and I was impressed with the level of research she did to make those scenes shine. Moral of the story: it’s not necessary to go all method acting for everything unless you want to. Which I did.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have an imaginary attacker to deal with.


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