This week Sara at Read Write Believe and Liz at Liz in Ink have been doing a great series of posts called The Exercise of Writing. (If you haven't been following along, here and here are the places to start.)
Yesterday Sara asked- How is writing like your favorite sport? Here's my list of answers. Once I got going it was quite hard to stop- kind of how it is with writing and running!
Writing is like running because:
- It helps to warm up.
- Some days it's good to get it done early.
- There are slow runners and fast runners. (Different abilities, creative processes.)
- If you slip and fall it's good to just get up and keep going. (Rejections.)
- Except for the times it would be good to take a break. (Rest, relax and re-inspire.)
- The more you practice, the better you'll get.
- A long shower feels great when you're done. (Sense of satisfaction.)
- It helps to have goals.
- Hills are hard, but good. (Challenges.)
- Some days you'll catch that lovely high and coast along.
- Other days it's okay to just walk. (Perseverance-- you're still moving.)
- Be wary of cars-- they can be dangerous. (Critics. Nay-sayers.)
- Sometimes you'll get an annoying pebble in your shoe. (Doubts about a story. Or your abilities.) You could stop your momentum and shake it out. Or you could bear with it and fix it later.
- Whether you have the fanciest high-tech gear or just a ratty t-shirt and an old pair of sneakers, you still have to put one foot in front of the other.
- And finally, there will always be other runners who are faster, stronger and look better in spandex shorts. Are you going to let that stop you?