Writers Are Like Athletes

athletesWhat can we learn from athletes that would enable us to become better writers?  You’d be surprised.

1. Athletes train consistently to become better, faster, more proficient competitors.  For writers, we need to write daily, often in order to improve the craft, our skills.

2. Athletes test themselves by competing.  Writers submit to see their work published.

3. Athletes occasionally suffer from injuries.  Writers name your poison (aka writer’s block for instance).

4. Believe it or not, athletes need down time in order to allow their bodies to rejuvenate; writers need to do the same.  Take a break and pursue another creative outlet.  Have fun. Be spontaneous.

5. Athletes need coaches in order to achieve the next level.  Writers are no different.  They need mentors, other peers to help push them beyond their comfort zones.

Care to add your thoughts and input to this?

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To Live Is To Create

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw

I found this quote somewhere online, Goodreads I believe.  I really like it.  To me this means that instead of being a passive individual just living, going through the motion each day, we need to be active and pro-active.  We can’t expect opportunities to come to us.  We can’t expect dreams to just happen.  We’d be waiting and nothing will occur.  Life would become a bitter disappointment.

For artists, this means we need to be actively creating each and every day.  This is who we are.  We can’t be passive and expect ourselves to be happy or content with our lives.

What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself – life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.  ~Willa Cather

Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer. ~Terri Guillemets