Welcome back to another edition of the physiology of the writer! We will dedicate this weeks post to the awesome respiratory system. Did you know that the average person breathes 7-8 liters of air per minute? And uses about 550 liters of pure oxygen on a daily basis? That’s a lot of air! And that’s not even taking into account any amount of exercise you might be engaged in.
The entire respiratory system as a whole is extremely vital to our body’s functioning and survival. Without it we die. Plain and simple. Without oxygen nothing works. Plain and simple. The physiology of the respiratory system is very complicated and I won’t go into details here. But there’s one word I could I’d use to characterize the entirety of the respiratory system. RECEIVING. The lungs consume oxygen amongst other elements and delivers them to virtually every part of our body. Technically as the lungs expand and recoil they not only receive but relieve the body of excess gases when we exhale. Pretty cool huh?
As writers we can liken this receiving function to READING. Yes, reading. You hear a lot about how we need to write daily and often, but we need to read just as much.
“Great writers are great readers”
-Bestselling author Jerry Jenkins
So I did something this year to dedicate myself to reading. I joined myself to a 100 book reading challenge hosted by author K.M. Weiland! Excellent.