Monday, January 7, 2008

Motivation to Write

After having two back surgeries, I committed to walking every single day, for the rest of my life. The only time I don't walk is when it is icy out. Of course some days I have absolutely no motivation to get out there and walk. So I tell myself to just walk to the end of the park (a rose garden) which is probably only 1/4 of a mile. That way, I figure I get some blood flow to my spine (your spine only receives passive blood flow-ie: you have to be moving), and though it may not be much, at least I'm keeping things loosened up. But invariably, I do not stop at that rose garden. Once I'm out there, once I've gone through; finding my shoes, getting my coat on, putting the dog on her leash and walkng to that corner, I just want to keep going. Usually I walk at least another 3/4 of a mile. It's all about the routine. Have you ever heard the saying, "Act as if you are, until you are"? It's like that.

I do the same thing with writing but didn't really think about it that way until I read Linda's comment on my previous post. I'll tell myself to write a certain number of words, but find myself going past it. Or I commit to writing for a half-hour but write for two or three hours instead. Looking at goals in small chunks of time can propel us to write even more. And for me at least, the opposite is true too; if I take a day off, I want to take two or three. The longer I stay away, the harder it is to get back to it.

What are your thoughts? ~Karen

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