Beth Barany

Beth coaches and teaches writers and those who want to write. She's done so in two of her favorite places in the world (so far): the San Francisco Bay Area and Paris, France. Raised in Sonoma County, California, Beth knew she wanted to be a writer from a young age, and started at age 7 by writing her first book about her family's cats with her brother. Beth started teaching writing by teaching it to ESL students in Oakland, California. Soon, they were surprised to be writing short stories in their new English-language skills, and most importantly, they were enjoying it. (Well, most of them were.) Determined to get published, Beth published her first journalism article in the Paris Free Voice while she was living in the City of Lights in the early 1990s. It only took four tries and five rewrites! From working in journalism for 15 years, Beth switched her focus to fiction, and now writes fantasy and science fiction. She currently has a young adult fantasy novel under consideration by agents and editors. On her off-hours, Beth enjoys the outdoors, gardens, watches movies, and reads! Beth is married to singer/song-writer and high school physics teacher, Ezra Barany.

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  • http://monicacomas.blogspot.com Monica Comas

    Terrific post, Beth–thanks for the motivation! Just last week I was having a really tough time working through this one part in my manuscript–a good run cleared my head and made a seemingly non-writable moment writable. :) You’re onto something here…looking forward to reading more about your exercising & writing!

    Cheers,
    Monica Comas

  • http://OneToughMotherRunner.com Wendy Flynn

    Hi Beth – I really enjoyed your post. It was great to learn about the Healthy Writers Club – I joined today! I started running in June 2012, and completed my first half-marathon in December. It’s just the beginning for me! I also launched my blog (http://OneToughMotherRunner.com) as an outcome of my running.

    I find that my best ideas, most creative titles and writing for my blogs comes to me during the times when I’m alone with my thoughts, and running. It’s especially important to have that quiet solitude – I’m a mom of three kids, and solitude does not come easily! :)

    Why don’t you join my Planks-A-Lot January challenge? Simple, easy, and something that you can do inside that will help you with your running!

  • http://www.bethbarany.com Beth Barany

    Monica, So cool you use writing to clear your head. I’m only at the walking stages, at this point. Running well and with ease is actually my dream. You can enjoy more of my Healthy Writers Club posts here: http://www.writersfunzone.com/blog/?s=healthy+writers+club

    Wendy, Congratulations for completing your first half-marathon! I’ll check out your blog, and your Planks-A-Lot January challenge. I’ve been starting to do planks, as you can see from my log, so it would be fun to have more support around that. :-)

  • http://cherisidlechatter.blogspot.com/ Cheri

    Nice post; great way to help keep yourself on track. I’m just about to wrap up a Wednesday theme day next week and have been thinking that after that I shall replace it with Weight Loss Wednesday, also to help with accountability.

    I tried C25K last year, but ended up hurting myself and had to move to my glider instead of running. I did complete it, but I know it was nowhere the same as actual running. I may give it a try later this spring, though I don’t have any deep desire to actually be a runner, it was very helpful to my fitness goals.

    I’ll have to take a look at Healthy Writers–are people allowed there who really *aren’t* too healthy, but are working on making changes? ;-)

  • http://www.bethbarany.com Beth Barany

    Cheri, Do the kind of exercise that you love. I’ve seen and experienced that it’s the only way to stick with any fitness activity.

    And of course, Healthy Writers Club is for people *aren’t* too healthy, but are working on making changes… I could so stand to love 15-20 pounds. I sit in front of a computer all day. LOL Please do join us! ;-)

  • http://HalePringle.com Hale

    Beth,
    I love the online accountability. When you know you have to say it publicly it takes on a whole new meening.

    You asked, so I’ll say that walking and writing are disconnected for me. Now it would be better if they were connected since I do have a weight problem. Still, sad to say it never even occured to me that they might be connected :)

    For what it is worth a while back I listened to a VERY interesting tape. The speaker
    explained that in his mind, he needed different environments for different tasks. For example he could not do creative tasks at his desk. The keyboard and phone were overwhelming. He also had a special place just for studying. You walking may be your special place for pulling your thoughts together so that writing is just getting it on paper (or scren.) Nice post. Oh Hale Yes!

  • http://www.bonniegean.com/ Bonnie Gean

    You’re definitely not alone in the I must walk first before I write category.

    Sometime ago I learned how beneficial walking was to my creativity. If I am sitting here for a stretch and my mind is foggy… I know it’s time to go out for my stroll around the neighborhood.

    Do you find that walking to NEW areas boosts your productivity? I find that if I steer my walking path differently each day, my level of creativity bursts in measures far beyond my comprehension.

    I get less stressed, sleep sound, and feel much more refreshed and passionate to start my day.

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