Flex Your Muscles: Friday, May 8th

There are no shortcuts to health. There are no shortcuts to fitness.

People WILL pay top dollar for a magic pill that builds muscle and reduces fat. But even the nerdiest scientists and chemists can’t create one.

Well the brain works the same way. The writing muscle is just like any other muscle.

When I got back from my vacation, I had big plans to write 2 or 3 stories in one month. I wanted to kick the year off with a bang. I had all the free time I needed; all I had to do was write the stories. But I couldn’t do it. My muscles had atrophied. I finished one story that month, but it was an ugly slugfest. I crossed the finish line crawling on all fours.

Now that I’m back into the swing of things, the words flow a little bit easier. I wrote some words yesterday and I’ll write some more tomorrow.

I don’t care how determined you are. You can’t run a marathon if you haven’t put in the training. You can’t write a novel if you haven’t been exercising your writing muscle. It sounds a little bit silly but it’s true.

We have to start small. We have to give ourselves itty bitty goals that are easily attainable. And we have to build on those goals.

I have zero authority to speak on such things, but I think that the key to success is routine. I think that successful people have one or two things on their list that absolutely must get done, every day, no matter what. And over time those little efforts stack up.

Work for the sake of work is absurd. But work from your heart, exploding like a supernova into the emptiness – that’s what’ll help you sleep peacefully at night. Long after you close your eyes, the sparkling images are still dancing across the inside of your eyelids.


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