Just before the new year, my friend talked me into signing up for a half-marathon with her. Up to then, we'd casually exchanged running time (taking turns watching our kids), but she was ready to get more serious.
Honestly, I have never had the desire to run a marathon or even a half marathon. I ran for soccer or basketball . . . running with a purpose I called it . . . but never just to run. Only crazies do that.
But then some stuff happened and I needed a distraction. Something I could do to completely get away from all the whirrings of my mind (so you can see why writing wouldn't really fit the bill this time). I paid my money and suddenly, I'm vested in the craziness of running to run.
I quickly learned that if I wanted to be successful, I needed to make some additional purchases. Appropriate running clothes (because believe me, you run for an hour or more and it's essential!), the right shoes, plus a little gadget (I use Nike+) to track my progress. If I want to succeed, I need to know where I stand and how fast I'm improving.
Because time is of the essence here. March 17th, I have to be able to run for 13 miles.
I'm guessing you know where this is going. The writing thing.
Are you vested?
Are you so anxious to succeed in your writing that you're willing to put up some hard cold cash to get there?
Do you make sure you have the right equipment, the right training (think critique partners, conferences, seminars, writing books)? Are you tracking your progress so you know that you're improving (think multiple drafts, multiple books)?
Just something to think about. ;)