Writing a Book is Sort of Like Running a Marathon

I’ve never run a marathon. I don’t plan to, ever. But Meg Dowell’s comparison between running a marathon and writing a book makes perfect sense to me. Both take lots of time and effort and patience and… I’m sure the list could go on. But I appreciate what she shares in this wonderful post. I hope you find it just as helpful as I do.

Meg Dowell Writes

“I want to write a book, but I don’t know where to start.”

I’ve seen hundreds of comments like this on writers’ forums. Basically, it means, “I want to write a book, but it’s a lot of work and books are long and I already feel too overwhelmed to do anything.”

Understandable. Writing a book is hard. Long-term goals are hard for a lot of people. They’re not really sure how to stack up a series of short-term goals to get to their end goal of writing a book.

If that’s you – think of writing a book as something similar to running a marathon. That’s running, with your own body and nothing else, a little over 26 miles all in one go. Running a marathon is also hard. But people, many of them just for fun, run them all the time.

You can’t wake up one morning, decide you…

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