I’m an avid runner, and one of the phenomena that can kick in during a solid workout is “runner’s high.” Johns Hopkins explains: “As you hit your stride, your body releases hormones called endorphins. Popular culture identifies these as the chemicals behind “runner’s high,” a short-lasting, deeply euphoric state following intense exercise.” But is this feeling only available to those who exercise with intensity?
I believe writers can experience something similar, what could be known as a Writer’s High. If you’ve ever found yourself writing, losing track of time, and realizing you’ve written thousands of words without thinking about it, that is a Writer’s High.
It’s that moment when everything comes together. You’ve achieved a Writer’s High when your story, characters, dialogue, and imagination merge into one entity that creates magic on the page. You’re in a creative zone, flexing your storytelling muscles, so it’s not a chore and doesn’t feel like work.
When the creativity flows, you’re definitely in the Writer’s High zone. But is it something you can fake until you achieve it naturally?
I believe you can. Like running, it can take time to reach a Writer’s High, but that doesn’t mean you can’t work and train yourself to focus on a goal and stay tuned into that specific goal until it’s achieved. And once you lock in and start moving, the runner’s high kicks in after a while, and before you know it, the run is over.
Your writing goals can be like this. You can train and focus on what you want to achieve; before you know it, the words are effortlessly flowing from your mind to the page. And you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and a euphoric feeling that you’ll want to have again and again.
And you don’t have to buy a special pair of shoes to help achieve it.
Are you ready to work toward your Writer’s High?
Happy Writing, and I’ll see you next time!