I recently had a bit of an insight about writing productivity/wordage…
So as part of the rehab for my knee, I’ve been riding stationary bikes at the gym 3 times a week, and I’ve started going to Tai Chi again — and simultaneously I’ve been writing again.
The thing with the bike and the Tai Chi is that I used to do them a lot, I used to be good at them and be able to just go and go, but now I’ve been injured for a while and out of the game, I have to build back up. Endurance and power are earned through hard and deliberate work.
And writing is the same way. I know this is the cliche of the decade, but your brain is a muscle — just like your quads and calves and abs — and writing novels is like running a marathon. If you want to do it, it takes a lot of hard work and A LOT of dedication.
Keep at it and the muscles and endurance will build up. Keep at it and you will cross the finish line.
Just don’t sprain anything or give up before you get there.