Writing A Book Is Like Running A Marathon
The marathon is a long-distance race with an official distance of 42.195 kilometers (approximately 26 miles 385 yards), usually run as a road race. The first-ever marathon that was officially organized was held during the Athens Olympics in 1896. However, the original race is surrounded by legend that dates all the way back to 490 BC. According to legend, the Greek messenger Pheidippides had to run from the battlefield in Marathon all the way to Athens to announce the defeat of the Persians.
The distance of this epic run was 25 miles and according to legend, as soon as he had delivered the message Pheidippides died of exhaustion. The original footrace was called a marathon in honor of the legend and as a result, it also covered 25 miles. The marathon ran from the original site in Marathon to the Olympic Stadium in the city of Athens.
In 1908, the Olympics were held in London and at the request of Queen Alexandra, it was decided to set the course to run from Windsor Castle all the way to the Royal Box that was located at White City Stadium. This extended the course slightly to the current 26.2 miles and in order to keep the records straight and make it easier for competitors to train the distance of 26.2 miles was standardized in 1921.
The Marathon is the race that best describes the book writing process. It’s a long-distance race as opposed to a sprint that you do and get over with. One word that goes hand-in-hand with running a marathon is:
Perseverance, which is defined as persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
How To Beat The Fatigue
Writing is not easy, it is an emotionally grueling occupation that easily takes a toll on the writer. There will be many times when you will anguish over the plot or flow of your story. It has been said that a writer must open an emotional vein and bleed on the page. This is the price you must pay if you want your readers to experience the truth in the stories you craft.
Ways To Improve Your Perseverance Skills
What ways will you improve your perseverance towards finishing your writing journey?
Lesson 2: Biblical Inspiration For Authors
While under house arrest, among the many possibilities of what Paul could requisition, he settled for his coat and his books (scrolls and parchments). This gives us a peek into the type of person Paul was. It seems to me that he had quite an appreciation for knowledge. It is no wonder he could hold his own against the best thinkers of the day at Athens at a time when philosophy ruled and Christianity was considered a sect!
Assignment 6.1 Read the article below and comment on the post link how your book will leave a legacy for future generations.