Oct 21, 2015

Guest Post: Beating Writer's Bottom! by Jackie Kabler

Beating Writer's Bottom!

The author Jane Wenham-Jones coined the term "writer's bottom" in her book "Wannabe a Writer?". It's brilliant - the perfect way to refer to that lardy, out of shape bum we writers can easily get it we're not careful, simply because we spend so much time sitting on it while working on our latest project. 

I've always been an exercise fan, but when I started writing, I suddenly found my workout time severely curtailed. I work full time in London, a five hour round trip from my home in Gloucestershire, so I was already spending a lot of time sitting down in my car. Then I signed a three-book deal with Accent Press for a series of chicklit/crime novels, with my debut The Dead Dog Day still unfinished. Hence, on my days off, instead of getting active I was again having to spend a lot of time on my bottom, working on my book. 

I work in TV as a presenter, and looking as good as you can is part of the job, so writer's bottom was something I wanted to avoid, if at all possible! So my solution was to take on a physical challenge that would FORCE me to exercise, even when I felt I didn't really have time to. I decided to gather a team of workmates together to enter the London Moonwalk, a power walking event held every year, when thousands of people walk a marathon through London overnight to raise money for breast cancer charities. The training programme required at least three or four power walking sessions a week, sometimes up to 16 or 20 miles at a time. Taking this on when I was trying to meet the deadline for my first novel seemed a little crazy at times, but I simply got up earlier and did my training walks at 6 or 7am, which still left me plenty of time for writing later in the day.

The Moonwalk was an amazing experience - so much so that next year, when I'll be working on my second novel, I'm planning to take on another, even tougher challenge. It's a 100km power walk - basically two and a half marathons, non-stop, starting on a Saturday morning and going right through the day and night into the Sunday. Again, it's to raise money for charity, but it will also get me off my bottom and out into the fresh air. I also find that walking gives me time to think, and often come back with plot niggles sorted out and new ideas for story lines. So two birds, one stone - and no writer's bottom. Phew! 


Jackie Kabler worked as a newspaper reporter and then in television news for twenty years, including nearly a decade on GMTV. She later appeared on BBC and ITV news, presented a property show for Sky, hosted sports shows on Setanta Sports News and worked as a media trainer for the Armed Forces. She is now a presenter on shopping channel QVC and her first novel, The Dead Dog Day, is now available for pre-order on Amazon ahead of its release on 22nd October. 

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