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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Blogiversary Alphabet: H is for Hard Work

runnerWriting is hard work. Did anyone ever tell you that? You have to warm up by reading what you wrote last time. You have to get in the groove. You have to keep pounding those words out sentence after sentence. You have to speed up and slow down and adjust the tension. You have to finish. You have to stretch your mind around the possibilities of revision. You have to show up the next day, every day, day after day, and repeat the process again and again. Over time, you get faster, stronger, leaner, better, more efficient. Over time, you plan better and organize your time and space better. Like I said, writing is hard work. And you thought I was talking about running. Oh, that too.
"Do not wait; the time will never be "just right'. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along." ~Napoleon Hill
But haven't you heard about the runner's high? It's real. It's physical. And it's amazing. And so is the writer's high. That's what keeps us coming back for more hard work, day after day, the natural high of creativity, production, and accomplishment.

What did you accomplish today?

Keep on keepin' on...

2 comments:

  1. Great comparison with running, I remember the hitting the wall thing well, and then somehow autopilot kicks in as long as you are mentally fit to keep going. I'm going to get a WIP ready for a Valentine's critique on Jean Reidy's blog. So today I plan to make a mock pb and see if it looks right. Have a great day Christie!

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  2. Today I actually stepped away from the keyboard to refresh. I was a little burned out, but now I'm ready to jump back in. Thanks for the inspiration!

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