I’m sitting at my desk, staring at the blank screen in front of me, and I am reminded of why it is so important to write every day, even if it is only for five minutes. The empty, white space is taunting me as I type, erase, type, erase, and I feel like the words aren’t coming like they used to. Well, there’s a reason for that.
Over the last six months a lot has happened. I completed a 91 page paper (which is the reason that my posts have been few and far between, and why my personal writing has been limited), gotten through my first semester at my new school, taught the Odyssey, To Kill a Mockingbird, and several other stories, completed NaNoWriMo for the first time, built my long run to nine miles, and studied for and passed another Praxis test. That’s not everything, but I feel like it does give you a taste of what I’ve been up to.
What hasn’t happened though has been the writing. After I finished NaNoWriMo, I had to walk away from fiction and nonfiction writing and delve into the academic, which no matter what they try to tell you, doesn’t flex the same writing muscles.
While I’ve been flexing those academic writing muscles, I have also been running. While I’ve been building my mileage up, I have learned that you can’t just run. At the beginning I had trouble with shin splints, then later I had some issues with the inside of my ankles. I did like I always do: ran through the pain. What I didn’t realize is that the issues I was having with running were of my own creation.
You see, I did some research and asked some experts in the field, and I found that I was overworking my running muscles, but the muscles that weren’t being used during running were getting weaker. My super-strong running muscles were pulling on my weakened other muscles causing the stress that led to the injuries. The way to repair the problem was simple: work all the muscles.
I began cross-training about two months ago and the change has been phenomenal. I can run longer, my muscles hurt less, and my body is changing faster than I ever thought possible. Now, what does this have to do with writing?
Well, all this academic writing is comparative to all the running. I wasn’t cross-training my writing muscles, and now I’m having to play catch up. All of my posts won’t be perfect, and some of them might not even be able to hold your attention. Know that I am trying. I will write until my brain stops firing, and I will get better as I go.
The ideas have been building, the research is beginning, and I am well on my way to writing another novel. Maybe not in a month, but I will write this novel, and I will do everything in my power to get it published. I will be a writer, runner, teacher, hairdresser, and all that falls in between. Have faith in me, readers, because this is the path that I am on.