I know a lot of writers who don’t get out much. Introverts and such. They’re cool people and I love reading all different stories from many different authors, but I crave action. I like to do things and make stuff happen.
I’m currently pushing myself through finishing 2 stories, but on top of that and all my family stuff, I’m also training for the Tough Mudder this weekend. Come Saturday I will be running an 11-12 mile obstacle course, because as if my life wasn’t hectic enough I just have to test myself and make that I’m living life as much as I can.
I love it. Shifting gears to focus on one simple goal helps me to have the drive I need to reach the long arduous ones. The rush of endorphins and the sense of accomplishment I get from crossing a finish line offers more immediate satisfaction than the long waiting game I have to play in order to attempt to be a successful writer.
This is my first year doing the Mudder and I wasn’t even signed up until a couple of weeks ago. (Thank the Gods I take care of my body. haha) But I’ve been wanting to do it for years now. I’ve done the Warrior Dash a couple of times. That’s a 5K obstacle course and it’s a trip.
But I live for these little adventures between projects, or during projects. Anything I can do to keep myself going so I have the attention span to finish my work is important.
Writing and training are very similar. I don’t always want to get up and do 70 push ups. It’s hard. It’s strenuous. It’s fucking work. But it pays off.
Some days the idea of picking up a pen and exploring the inner reaches of my consciousness is dreadful. I often feel that I am my own obstacle. It’s not easy. It’s not always fun. It’s quite painful at times. But it’s worth it.
When an editor appreciates what you’ve created and offers their support by offering publication it is like crossing a finish line. There’s always more to be done. You have to stretch, make sure everything’s still in place and keep in shape for the next go round.
With a race, once it’s done it’s over unless you crave more. Writing isn’t so easy. You have to keep at it. But if you want to take care of yourself you have to keep tending your body. I generally do these kinds of obstacle courses to force myself to stay in shape. If I have a ticket to run, I’m gonna train. If I don’t I might fall behind.
Sometimes you need something to keep you going. Right now I have a series to finish. I can’t stop writing now. Book 2 is with my publisher and book 3 isn’t written yet. Maybe that’s why so many writers write series, just to ensure they don’t give up. haha
Whatever it is, I’m ready to finish the stories I’ve been working on and get my ass on the course Saturday.