The Marathon of Your Book
Bearing in mind that all I know about running comes from reading endless posts by my marathon-enthusiast friends…
Here are 7 ways that running a marathon is like writing a book:
- There is a starting point
- There is a finish line
- You don’t need a lot of gear
- The date is usually announced a year in advance
- There’s a whole lot of tension, and you wonder in the middle if it was a stupid idea to start
- There’s a metric crap-tonne of peer pressure
- Until the launch day, it’s impossible to get you to shut up about it
But that’s where the similarities typically end…
Here are 4 ways that running a marathon is NOT like a writing a book:
- Marathons are usually done in a group
- Marathons have a specific route that will get you from beginning to end
- You have to “qualify” to run a marathon
- There’s a guaranteed crowd waiting for you at the finish line
These freedoms are fantastic, but the drawbacks of trying to do it all on your own can feel like running 26.2 miles with a 40-pound Smith-Corona typewriter on your back.
The good news is, you don’t have to do it alone! Online and in-person writers groups and professional writing courses abound, and making friends with other authors can also help connect you to industry professionals (like agents, editors, and publishers) and to tools to build your tribe of devoted readers.
Search online for “Writing classes near me” or “Writing meetups” or “Writing conferences.”
One of my favorite writing teachers, Timons Esaias, is leading an online course Aug 5-30 entitled “A Freelancer Prepares: Publication Workshop” – in which you can learn how to prepare your work and submit fiction, non-fiction, and even poetry to various markets for publication (while potentially earning moolah! – Ooh, ahh!). You can also submit assignments for critique and feedback. A steal of a deal! I’ll be there writing alongside you, so please say hi if you join!
Wishing you a beautiful week ahead!
P.S. If you need a coach (editor, designer, publisher) to follow and prod you along the route to your finished book, I would be honored to be part of that marathon! Just click REPLY, and tell me about your project.