I recently stumbled across the website one hundred push ups. It’s similar to other training programs: you set a goal (here, the ability to perform one hundred push ups in a row) and you follow a six week work out schedule that helps you achieve your goal.
Writing is a lot like working out. It requires patience, dedication, and a bit of effort to produce results. I was reminded of this last week when I was putting the finishing touches on a paper. It was late at night and I was tired and, quite frankly, a little bored with the assignment.
“Why do I have to do this?” I whined to the Husband. “No one will read it. It’s just busy work.”
“Because it’s like training for a marathon,” he said. “Running every day is just a means to an end. When you add all those days together, suddenly you can run the whole marathon. Writing this assignment is just training.”
He’s right, of course. Writing every day is just training for a bigger assignment: a journal article, a short story, a dissertation, a novel. Time to start working on those push ups.