Writing is not a muscle. I know this goes against what most authors say, and even what professional authors say. I also understand the analogy that anything you exercise on a regular basis you get better “tuned” or working in a better manner. However, I don’t believe that writing is simply a muscle. Here is why:
- You have a limit on what your muscles can do. After you use your muscles for an extended period of time, you can’t go any further, you have to rest. However, with writing, so long as your inspired – there is no end in sight. Inspiration drives us to continue to write more and more!
- Muscles are overall simple. True that they may flex or combine with other body tissues in unique ways, but no where near as complex as writing. A muscle will never be able to stretch, twist, and then be re-used in another part of the body. Writing is way more complex.
- Writing is a group effort. Gaining muscle mass usually isn’t. In writing you really can’t get better without critique and insight from other people.
- Writing is not a muscle because muscles are at their best when they break. A story that doesn’t break under great stress is when writing is at it’s best.