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Get your writing into tip-top shape
June 11, 2015
I'm big into fitness. It's an escape from reality, kind of like books. It's also a place where my mind can wander and stories can percolate. One of the primary principles in physical fitness training is something known as the training effect, which is pretty much this: you will become good at what you train for...
For example, if you want to become a great cyclist, you cycle a lot. You're gonna build up your cardio, your leg strength, etc. However, you will not be a good runner. Employs similar attributes, but it's a different skillset. Personally, I've got some great back and shoulder strength from doing pull-ups, etc. I can do pull-ups galore. I've got great core strength. This is what's required to do a handstand. I can't even come close to doing a handstand.
This got me thinking to writing, and that adage about needing to write a 1,000,000 words to become truly skilled. But there's the rub... are you training for become a skilled cyclist, a yoga master, a crossfit junkie... are all words created equal?
In training, there's also something known as plateauing. You do the same thing over and over, your muscles adapt. To get the best gains, you've got to confuse them. Throw in some HIIT and lifting to those long bike rides, throw in some yoga to those crossfit routines or vice-versa...
Pretty sure this applies to writing (or pretty much any endeavor)... and kind of even relates to my favorite quote: 'A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds' - Emerson. You want to expand your mind, train it to do more, expand your skills, you've got to go outside your comfort zone...
Overcome the fear and crunch those words. Your brain will get ripped.