I know I’ve written about running before and my enjoyment of it. These days, I don’t get to do much running, but I hope to get back to it later on in the year. This past weekend, as I watched my toddler run circles around me (literally), I couldn’t help but think about stamina, not just a runner’s stamina but more specifically, a writer’s stamina.
For those of us in the world who are writers or acquainted with one a more writers, it is easy to see that the art of writing takes quite a bit a stamina, among other qualities; however, I don’t think that is a trait that many think about.
We talk about story telling ability, creative mindsets, language skills and overall determination to write a book/article/short story/etc. and while it is important to have these traits as well, I’ve always found a writer’s stamina to sit in one place for hours upon hours for weeks or even months at a time fascinating. Of course we don’t literally sit for this entire time. We all have lives to live, but the truth of the matter is, the longer we do sit and dedicate the time, the more productive we will be. Simple logic as long as you don’t have writer’s block. I will also venture to say that a great majority of those who set out to write novels and don’t finish them usually fail when it comes to the stamina it takes to get the work done (just my opinion). Some may lack knowledge or skill, but to some degree these can be learned. Stamina, however, is a bit harder to gain. It requires strong will, discipline and endurance—not to mention a passion or love for what one is doing. Runners usually love running just as writers love to write.
For those writers out there, this is me from the side line cheering you on towards the finish of that work in progress. You can do it! For those of you who’ve tried writing and not succeeded toward finishing a work, try again; see if you have the stamina and passion to get it done. If not, no big deal, find something you love to do and work towards it. You’ll find the path less resistant when you aren’t forcing it.
Happy writing this week!