Everything my little sister taught me about exercise applies to writing.
My sister has worked hard to be a fit adult. She didn’t always look like this with her Linda Hamilton from Terminator arms. She was the chunky little kid who enjoyed my extra candy. Sis grew into a teenager who struggled with weight issues. As an adult, she discovered that she could conquer her fitness and health. She lost 100 lbs and was featured in Shape magazine. Today, she teaches weight lifting classes, is a certified Zumba instructor, and runs marathons. She’s my fitness idol.
I’m sure people look at her and think, ” She probably eats anything she wants.” Or they say, “She must have that muscle tone naturally.”
Wrong. It takes work.
When I think about the fitness lessons she lives everyday, I can compare those same lessons to writing.
Lesson One: It takes diligence and a regular schedule. Find a time and place for writing and do it as if it’s an appointment.
Lesson Two: Ignore the naysayers. There are negative people who will say it’s too hard or not worth it. Surround yourself with positive people. That’s why many writers are drawn to other writers. We’re a big gang of cheerleaders. That’s why Sis encourages me to work out at the gym instead of home alone.
Lesson Three: Results take time and don’t occur overnight.
Lesson Four: Sometimes it’s painful. You know…like when you are running and out of breath. Or you edit that manuscript for the fourth time.
Lesson Five: You can’t quit when the going gets tough. Engaging in “the program” everyday, whether it’s exercise or writing, can wear a body down. Take a breather for a day. Then get back to work.
Just do it.
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