Magical Musings fans, please join me today in welcoming back the wonderful JB Lynn as she explains… All I Needed to Know About Racing I Learned From Writing!
Before you go getting all impressed, or think I’m some sort of athlete, please understand that I walked most of it, and in a field of over 3000 runners, I beat about sixty people. (Which was actually an improvement for me…in the past I was lucky to beat twenty, lol.)
Some people ask me why I keep doing the races if I’m so slow. They’re often the same people who ask me why I keep writing.
Here are three lessons that apply to both.
1 – You’ve got to show up even when you don’t feel like it.
Writing a book requires a tremendous amount of dedication, not just sitting down to write when inspiration strikes. Similarly, training for a race of this distance requires a lot more commitment than going out for a casual stroll when the mood happens to strike.
2 – Your race, your pace.
Basically this comes down to not comparing your progress to that of others. It’s a waste of energy and can be demoralizing. If you focus on your book (or race) and work at your pace (some of us write/run quickly, some slowly) you’ll reach The End (or finish line) the same as everyone else.
3 – Pain is temporary (hopefully). The sense of accomplishment lasts forever (or at least the book/finisher’s medal does).
There are days, sometimes weeks, when it feels as if every sentence, every word, is torture, but there’s a tremendous sense of accomplishment when you finally finish your masterpiece.
I spent an inordinate amount of my training for this last race in physical pain because of a couple of injuries. The race itself hurt too (as evidenced by the fact I’m not really smiling in my finisher’s picture, more like grimacing). And yet, I’m so proud of myself for finishing, just like when I’ve completed a book.
Right now I’ve got both my latest finisher’s medal and a copy of my latest release FURTHER CONFESSIONS OF A SLIGHTLY NEUROTIC HITWOMAN on my desk. They inspire me to write and run (or walk….or limp, as the case may be) every day.
What inspires you? What lessons have you learned in one area of your life have helped you in other areas?
FURTHER CONFESSIONS OF A SLIGHTLY NEUROTIC HITWOMAN
| Take three wacky aunts,
two talking animals,
one nervous bride,
and an upcoming hit,
and you’ve got the follow-up
to JB Lynn’s wickedly funny
Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman.
Knocking off a drug kingpin was the last thing on Maggie Lee’s to-do list, but when a tragic accident leaves her beloved niece orphaned and in the hospital, Maggie will go to desperate lengths to land the money needed for her care.
But the drug kingpin is the least of her worries. Maggie’s aunts are driving her crazy, her best friend’s turned into a bridezilla…and a knock on the head has given Maggie Dr. Dolittle abilities—she can talk to animals. Unfortunately, they talk back.
It’s just another day in the life of this neurotic hitwoman…
To learn more about JB Lynn, please visit: www.jblynn.com
For links to purchase her books, please visit: http://www.harpercollins.com/authors/38895/JB_Lynn/index.aspx