It’s not a sprint

I’m not the first person to point this out about writing a book. It takes time… a lot of time. It takes showing up at a keyboard day after day after day. And that’s just getting a draft. Then there’s edits and crits and all the steps to try to get it published where it may or may not sell a bajillion copies.

None of this happens fast. I’m no expert but I’m pretty sure even overnight publishing success stories only seem that way from us enviously looking on.

Now, I’m not a marathon expert either but I am training for one. New York on Nov 1st. Yes, writing books and marathons, I’m a sucker for punishment it seems.

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Beck’s 5 ways that writing a book is like running a marathon:

  1. They’re both terrifying and exciting. Especially at the beginning – there is a long way to go.
  2. The day to day words/km aren’t glamorous at all but must be done to get to the end.
  3. Only you can make yourself show up. No one else can do it for you (I’ve offered my CP copious rewards to write my books and run my km for me – not happening)
  4. It takes practice. You don’t start out being able to run that far… or write a whole book (well).
  5. Finishing… well I just finished my WIP and that felt incredible. I’ll report back Nov 2nd if running a marathon’s the same.

Anyone out there run a marathon? Finished a book recently?



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I always wanted to write. I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.

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  1. I am not a runner – wish I was … but I just wrapped up my first novel & I definitely realized it takes a lot of patience – esp with all of the waiting for editing/design, etc. Best of luck on your novel and marathon!!

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    1. Thanks. I’m starting to think the novel is easier than the running. Am so not athletic but it’s a chance to run in NY and I’m raising money for kids with cancer so it’s worthwhile.

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  2. Oh my gosh, this is such a timely blog post for me! I’m running a trail marathon in September and an ultra (longer than a marathon) in October. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one with the two most time consuming habits out there (distance running and writing). Sometimes, I wish I would’ve picked just ONE. Good luck!



  3. Congrats on finishing that draft! I’m not a running either, but I’m (hopefully) going to finish this marathon of a book sometime this week. I’m usually a bit of a sprinter but this story has needed a slower, steadier approach. Good luck with the marathon in November!



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