Wednesday, July 06, 2011

In Training

The best athletes are always in training. They remain focused and disciplined despite the off-season. They run drills, stay in excellent shape with good nutrition and exercise, and study the playbook as well as game footage. They know the game inside-and-out; yet, they are always open to new ideas.

As writers, we too are always in training. Despite holidays, kids, day-jobs, and life in general, we must remain focused and disciplined. Our playbook is a regular writing routine. Our drills are reading about the craft. Our game footage is reading anything and everything out there of interest. We must continue to expand our knowledge and skill. But, above all else, we need to simply have fun and enjoy it.

Leave a comment today and enter a chance to win a $15 BAMM gift card (sorry, U.S. residents only). The contest will close at the end of today and I will randomly draw a winner tomorrow morning. Good luck!!


Lexi said...

Lawrence Kasdan said, "Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life." Apt words, I think. We are ALWAYS in training and there's no off season! Excellent post, Audrey!

Lisa Dunick said...

Great post! Stephen King said, "'If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that." It amazes me when people who write have piles of TBR books laying around. Writing is essential, but I think it's equally essential to keep honing our knowledge about the craft by reading.

Carla Swafford said...

So true, Kat. Practice, practice, practice is writing, writing,and writing.

JoAnn said...

Great post! Thanks.

Louisa Cornell said...

So true, Kat! Writing is something we train for all of our lives. We never know what book we read, what activity we attend or what person we meet might help us to become better writers. It is a never ending process!

Kat said...

And the winner is (drum roll) Lisa!

Just shoot me an email Lisa: katjones2write at yahoo dot com.

Thanks to everyone that stopped by. :-)