The Writing Room: My Flesh Is Weary — Too Much Book-Writing, Not Enough Yoga


The cluttered desk and computer of a busy writer. Photo by BF Newhall.

My desk as I write this post. Yes that's me in the wallpaper -- in New York City, a place that still shows up in my writing life dreams. Photos by BF Newhall.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Can you guess who wrote these lines?  “Of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.” Hint: The writer’s been dead for at least two millenniums.

Apparently, you and I are not the first writers to complain of the butt-wearying effects of too much time spent arranging and rearranging words.

Yoga mat and yoga strap. Photos by BF Newhall.

My yoga mat and strap await me.

Writers have been complaining of the writing blahs since the papyrus days.  This passage is from the Bible — Ecclesiastes 12:12. Which means that somebody was experiencing the writing blahs something like  2,300 years ago.

As for me, today is today, and I’m off to yoga. Now!


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