Thursday, October 13, 2011
Goals. On running. And writing.
I always want to make great running goals. Like a half marathon. That would be so cool. But I always forget one important thing.
I hate running.
I'm quite bad at it. Or maybe it's just that I believe I'm bad at it that makes it true. After five years or so running on and off I can still pull off a 5km run with no problem. Okay. Some walking intervals and lots of internal grumbling, but nothing too bad. (That's 3.11 miles for my American friends.)
But I want to go further. 10km. So how do I do it? In some ways, maybe I believe I can't do it. Or I just don't want it bad enough. Something always stops me from getting past the 7km mark, and I always fall back on the comfort and ease of a slow 5km.
But it's pretty easy to liken running to writing.
The more you run, the easier it becomes. Writing. Yes. The same.
Right now I am in the process of writing my third Sourcebooks novel. I have a deadline when it has to be done. This is new for me. Having a book sold that isn't finished yet I mean. We want to get the book out next year, and that makes for a quick turnaround. So in order to meet my deadline, I have daily writing goals. Weekly writing goals. And doing it every day like this keeps me inside the story and forces me to write even when I don't feel like writing. Like today. I have been putting off my writing all day. Well. I was busy this morning and had some chores that had to be done, but I know I HAVE to get my word count in and I'm not there yet. But I did get in the run. Actually what I did was change up the order. Usually I exercise while my son is swimming. But today I ran during writing time and will write during exercise time.
But the run made me realize how easy it is to get things done when you break them down into smaller chunks. I broke my runs into smaller intervals today and it made it easier for me. I know if I keep it up I'll be back to my 10:1 intervals (which is the way the Running Room taught me to run) I KNOW I CAN run 10km. I just have to want it a little more. I have to DECIDE I want it.
I will finish the book. That I WANT. That I NEED. Break it down until I get the first draft done and then for me comes the fun part- the revisions. That is when I am so immersed in a book that I have to be forced back to real life.
Let's see if I can a similar thing with running goals. How about a 10km in a Spring Race? Half Marathon in the Fall? By this time next year, Book 3 will be complete and launching out into the real world. How about my half marathon?? How about it, indeed.
Shall you check back with me. Let's chat at book launch #3.