Monday’s Metaphor: Train for Your Goals

9 Jan

Eva finished her first full marathon at Disney yesterday!

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with metaphors. So how could I not be inspired by my dear Chick’s 26-mile, 5+ hour accomplishment? It’s the perfect start to what I plan to make a regular Monday post, a brief observation of a living metaphor around me that week.

So fellow writers, dancers, quilters, mothers and other humans, take note! We can learn a lot from those who call themselves runners.

The thing is, Eva only claimed this new title a couple of years ago. She was a true beginner. With no credentials. No experience. No promise of success. But she did have a goal: to complete her first triathlon.

In this regard, I think runners and athletes have a distinct advantage over writers. They have clear deadlines. If they sign up for a race, they have to train for it, consistently and in ever-larger increments throughout the time leading up to an impending fixed event.

Chick Peggy recently lured me into a literary equivalent. She and I both accepted the 12 x 12 in 2012 writing challenge, committing along with 250 other aspiring and experienced authors alike to draft one new young children’s picture book each month this year.

Like the other runners encouraging each other along Eva’s marathon route weaving through the various Walt Disney World theme parks yesterday, I’m looking forward to the support and positive peer pressure of other children’s authors. There is strength in the support of those who share your goals. That is, after all, the purpose for this blog. And while we all want to do our best, at the end of the race, we’re really only competing against ourselves.

Once again, Eva crossed another finish line she set for herself. Here’s hoping we writers can live out the metaphor this year with our own goals, not sprinting, but training, encouraging, supporting, pacing and enduring through the process of preparing for and completing our own marathon.

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6 Responses to “Monday’s Metaphor: Train for Your Goals”

  1. hostingthemuse January 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    You made me cry! Thank you and because of people like my 3 chicks believing in me and supporting me has given me the strength to endure such a grueling year of training. If anything our little group has given each one of us the courage to GO FOR IT!

  2. Amy Dixon January 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Being a writer and a runner myself, I often draw parallels between the two. I also find that going out on a run helps me unlock my creativity. When I am struggling with a manuscript and need a little inspiration, I run.

    Haven’t even started my first manuscript for my 12×12, but I do find that having a finish line to shoot for is the key to success for me, in both writing and running.

    Thanks for a great post!

  3. Sandi Hershenson January 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Congratulations on the race, and congratulations on joining 12 x 12 x 12. It is going to be a productive writing year for all of us!

    • charmingthemuse January 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

      Sandi, I’m optimistic about the 12x challenge, too. I’ve been inspired already by other writers like you!

  4. ticklingthemuse January 9, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    Congrats to Eva, and hurray to both you and Peggy on the 12×12! I’m so excited and can’t wait to see where you go with this exciting challenge!

  5. pursuingthemuse January 11, 2012 at 2:29 am #

    I finally did it! I officially entered 12x12in12. Now, what to write??

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