As I train for my first 5k ever, I can't help think about my writing.
I feel like this summer has been a marathon in itself. Travel lacrosse teams and then college visits galore. On top of that, I decided to go from couch potato to 5k.
WHAT was I thinking?
I actually am really liking running :-) Who knew?
But as I run, I think how can I go faster? What corners can I cut to race to the finish? I find myself doing the same thing with my writing. How fast can I type? How quickly can I finish this book?
The scary part is...what am I leaving out by doing that? What am I missing? Am I on this roller coaster ride of cranking out pages that quality might start to slip? Like running, I might finish faster, but it ain't gonna be pretty. Same with my book. I might finish faster, but it might not be that good, either.
Sometimes it's worth slowing down.
The point of the 5k is to finish, period. Not kill myself in the process. Same with my books. I've stopped beating myself up for not meeting my own personal deadlines. In the end, I want the product to be good and more than pretty...I want it to sparkle :-)
Happy reading and writing, folks. I'm off for a run!