Monday, July 5, 2010

Train Hard

In my post last Monday, I spoke about training like athletes to improve our stamina as writers. As I was reading a Shape magazine this morning, while working out coincidentally, I saw this quote and thought it relevant to pass on. It also speaks to the importance of training in the exercise sense; however, I believe it also relates to writing.

"How you train is how you tackle life. Don't avoid discomfort; deal with it head-on to get stronger. Learn how to work out with passion and that fire will carry over into everything you do."

It is true that the discomfort we face as writers as we probe our inner thoughts and ideas to spin a story can cause discomfort, but we are all the better for it after meeting it head-on. I do also believe the passion and fire one puts into working out can fuel his/her writing as well--clears the head and improves everything--body, mind and spirit.

So, I guess I am advocating training like an athlete both in terms of stamina as a writer as well as in exercise to support and improve our writing life. Care to join me in this quest?


  1. Karin:

    What a fantastic approach to writing. It definitely relates to physical workouts. Thanks for sharing this perspective.

    Warm regards,

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Donna.

    Hope you had a great holiday weekend.


  3. I'm starting to realize that working out benefits us in so many ways -- physically, mentally and creatively! All the more reason for me to get into the swing of things and begin a workout regimen. I now have ANOTHER reason to stop procrastinating. Thanks for the perspective, Karin. I hope your 4th of July was a blast! :D

  4. If you find the key to how to stop procrastinating,Patricia, please pass it on! Working out is about the only area of my life I have not been procrastinating in this summer. I hope your 4th was a blast as well. Thanks for visiting!