Monday, October 4, 2010

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

     There is a sophisticated difference between sprinters and long distance runners. Their minds and bodies work differently together. While distance runners have a timed release of their energy, sprinters are able to bring all their energy into play in one great explosion on the track. Is one more valuable than the other? Of course not, when they finish successfully they are equally admired and rewarded. As writers, we also have different ways of getting our minds out onto the page.

     At the beginning, we start at the very same point. We get an idea and the sparks light up our brain, audio characters speak to us, visuals flood our mind and we are forced to spill it out onto the page. This is where we split into the pantsers and the plotters, the quick speed spiller or the slow thoughtful plodder. There are probably several degrees in between. Does it matter? Probably not. I believe however, we can learn a lot from one another and that is why blogging is such a valuable tool for us as writers.

     The valuable information, support and creative problem solving is incredible. What an exceptional resource we have as a writing community. For me, as I write alone in my office or in a cafe, I never feel alone. I feel that I have a group of cheerleaders urging me on and helping me to the finish!

Have you found that blogging has contributed to your success as a writer?


  1. This is so true. Everyone writes differently, that's what's so great about it. Fast, slow, whatever, just write.

    I just wanted to let you know, also, that I gave your blog an award. Come over to my blog to retrieve it. (Copy, save, add to your site) :)

  2. So true. I love the comraderie and support from other writers. I belong to an amazing writing group that has helped me sooo much. Now that I have an editor helping me rework my book I really depend on their support and feedback. (=

  3. As a runner and a writer, I'm all about running analogies! I'm more of a long distance runner, and now that I think of it, that's the kind of writer I am. And that's just fine. Thanks for the thoughts.

  4. I am a distance runner too, and I find a lot of similarity between running and writing. Both require you to have tremendous mental strength- to start, to slog through the middle, and to not give up when the finish line is in sight.

  5. Patricia, Wow! Thanks for the award. I am very honored.

    Jo, Maine and Rayna, Thanks for stopping by and giving your support.


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