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The Writing Life

posted Mar 13, 2013, 11:43 AM by Ben Kreucher   [ updated Apr 15, 2013, 7:18 AM ]
Recently, I've been working out to improve my overall health (not that I'm unhealthy, I just want to be healthier); plus, it's nearly spring and soon it'll be summer.  And, with warm weather comes increased motivation (for me) to get off the couch and move around.  I think it's the heat.

But, working out has interesting parallels to writing.  I push myself whether cardio or weights to be the best.  I work out daily (well, 5 times a week).  

My writing life should be the same.  If I want to be the best writer (not just the best possible for me to be), I need to work the hardest.  If I'm not constantly trying to improve, I'm growing stagnant in my writing, much like hitting a plateau in lifting.  

I need to train myself and my skills daily.  Even small, simple exercises can help.  There are no days off.  If I want to be dedicated to writing, I need to be dedicated to writing.

Now that I've reached this epiphany, will I stop working out?  Well, it does serve as a nice reminder everyday; so...maybe I'll keep training.