You know, every so often I hear someone say:
writing a book is like running a marathon.
Okay, I’m gonna stop right there. I don’t know if the people who say that have ever written a book, but I assume since they are giving writing advice, they probably have. I also don’t know if they have ever run a marathon, but I find that most people who have run marathons don’t compare other activities (even running shorter or longer events) to the marathon. So maybe they have, maybe they haven’t.
I’ve written a few books. I’ve run a few marathons (Grandfather Mountain, Chicago, Mercedes, and NYC). In my limited marathoning experience, I will say not even running a marathon is always like running a marathon.
So, I thought I’d distill this bit of simile down to the most important writing lessons we can take from running marathons.
- It takes work. Lots of work. You don’t toe the line without training unless you really enjoy pain. Do the work, hurt less. (It still hurts)
- It takes help. Your family and friends will see less of you. You’ll need someone to watch the kids/feed the dogs/etc while you eke out continually longer runs, one weekend after the other. By the way? You’ll probably be too tired on the weekends to do much more than eat. Ask for help.
- The first one takes massive amounts of self-delusion. No, I’m not kidding. Until you’ve experienced the distance, you have no fucking clue what you’re about to do to yourself. And when you line up at the start line that morning, you’ll probably want to puke, cry, or hide.
- You’ll reach a point where you want to stop. You don’t. Because you want to finish more.
Yeah, I guess writing a book is sort of like running a marathon. Work hard. Ask for help. Delude yourself. And don’t stop.
On that note, my lovely running partner and fellow LSB author, Becca Jameson, has a book releasing today! Lindsey’s Wolves is the sequel to Jameson’s paranormal menage romance Kara’s Wolves and will be available on http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com by 7pm EST. Happy release day Becca! I can’t wait to read it!
Thanks for reading everybody!