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I can’t believe we’ve gotten to Y in my A to Z Challenge posts about How To Climb The Eiffel Tower without talking about the theme of exercise. Exercise can be part of a healthy life. Or, it can prevent a person from living a healthy life.  I used the main character’s exercise regimen as a way to show her growth throughout the novel.

At the beginning of the novel, Lara works out alone, every night at the same time. She climbs the Eiffel Tower on the stair climber on certain nights, takes a spin class on certain nights, and runs on the treadmills on certain nights. She believed her rigid routine would protect her. She was wrong. Life happens.

By the end of the novel, Lara is still exercising every day. What has changed is that she doesn’t work out alone. Nor does she spin her wheels, getting nowhere. By the end of the novel, she is part of a team, engaging with others to raise money for cancer research, and using her work out time to deepen her relationship with the man in her life. More importantly, she has learned how to use her workouts in the pool as a form of meditation. She learns that when putting in a certain amount of yardage in the pool every week, she can use that time to work through her emotional blocks and release her anxieties.

Writer friends, have you ever used a character’s daily routine as theme in your work? How much do you show their daily routines?

THIS POST IS PART OF THE BLOGGING FROM A TO Z CHALLENGE. FOR THE 2014 CHALLENGE, I WILL BE HIGHLIGHTING BITS AND PIECES OF RESEARCH AND BACKGROUND ON MY UPCOMING NOVEL, HOW TO CLIMB THE EIFFEL TOWER. PLEASE CLICK HERE OR ON THE BADGE TO THE LEFT TO SEE THE HUNDREDS OF OTHER PARTICIPATING BLOGS.

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