Dramaquill's All Things Writing

February 10, 2014

What the Olympics can teach you about Writing

Filed under: Writing — dramaquill @ 3:34 PM

Like so many folks, I’ve been watching the Olympic Winter Games and enjoying learning about the different athletes and their different sporting events.

As I sat in front of the TV, (not doing any writing) I thought about what so many of the athletes said in their interviews – how difficult getting to the Olympic games had been for them. And yet, there they were, despite all sorts of obstacles.

It got me thinking about writing and the many difficulties writers face:
*writers block*
*submission guidelines*
*finding an agent*
*marketing and promotion*
*finding time to write*

The athletes train everyday.
Writers need to write everyday.

The athletes are all part of a team. (even those in solo events have a team of coaches and supporters encouraging them)
A writer’s team consists of critique partners, editors, publishers, agents etc.

The athletes work toward goals.
Writers need goals too (contests/deadlines/# of words per day)

The athletes take care of themselves physically, mentally and emotionally.
Writers who take breaks for exercise, eat healthy foods and get enough sleep will be able to think more clearly and accomplish a great deal every day.

The athletes devote their time to their sport, making whatever sacrifices they need to in order to train.
Writers often complain that they don’t have enough time. Take a look at little things that can be removed from the day-to-day routine:  get up 30 min. earlier or go to bed 30 min. later/watch less TV/let your
phone screen calls when you’re writing.

The athletes keep a positive attitude.
It’s easy for writers to get discouraged and feel like giving up. How badly do you want it? Don’t let those rejections stop you.

The athletes push themselves and their boundaries outside of their comfort zone.
As a writer I find it stimulating to try writing in genres outside my comfort zone just as creative exercises or to query a new publication, even if it’s one that’s known to be difficult to get an acceptance from.  

Athletes strive to win races and medals.
Writers strive for acceptances and contracts.

Watch the Olympic games today. Maybe you’ll get that inspiration you need for your writing.

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