A Training Plan For Writing

I have run a marathon.

Have you ever seen a professional marathoner run? Smooth, efficient, powerful…and cruising along at sub 5 minute miles. Watching them, it seems as if their bodies are designed to move that fast (and perhaps they are), that they’re barely working at all. That’s not at all how I look when I run. Not even close.

Saying I’ve run a marathon (and shorter distances) does not mean I have ever performed well. I merely completed them. Completing and doing well are two very different things.

This time around (I’m running another half-marathon just a few weeks from now), I decided to do things a bit differently. I turned to my boyfriend for support and for a training plan. He put together a  plan designed just for me, for what I can handle without getting burnt out, and what would prepare me for the race the very best. Today, 3 months into my training plan, I can honestly say I’ve never felt more prepared and I’ve never been in better shape.

Over the past months I have often thought about how my running training plan has helped me become a more confidant runner. Is it possible that this idea of ‘training’ can be applied to my writing also? Could I create a ‘training plan’ for my writing that would, over the course of three months, help me to become better, to produce more, to become more efficient at my passion?

Those professional runners? They work their butts off to become that good…literally. I suppose this is the same for writing. The more I work, the more I stick to my training plan, the better I will become.

Do you ‘train’ yourself for your passion?

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4 thoughts about "A Training Plan For Writing"

  • Yes, I believe every writer should “train”. The craft of writing can always be worked on, no matter how skilled a writer is. I’m doing some “writing warm-ups” on my blog at the moment, it could possibly be a good part of a “training plan” 🙂

  • Wow, good luck. I would think writing would be like training for a marathon.

  • I like the idea of a training plan. What would that entail? Writing exercises geared toward specific skills, perhaps?

  • Yes! You can absolutely develop a writing plan! Good luck with your mini-marathon. Scary how your post coincided with the Boston Marathon bombing. I keep thinking about that 78-year-old man who fell to the ground but picked himself back up and finished the race. He stuck to his plan.

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