What Writers Can Learn from Runners Posted – by Ron Hogan…

Jane Friedman site:

I’ll start with a story I read in a newsletter written by Terrell Johnson called The Half Marathoner, about how Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile in 1954.

I’d never realized that Bannister was an amateur runner and had been competing in races around his schedule as a medical student. Because of that, his training regimen wasn’t all that extensive—as he once put it, “I trained for less than three-quarters of an hour, maybe five days a week—I didn’t have time to do more.”

The first time I read that story, my mind kept circling back to the fact that Bannister didn’t run a mile in three minutes, fifty-nine seconds because he had dedicated his entire life to that purpose, but that he had found time to become a person capable of running at that speed around everything else he had going on in his life at the time.

You can probably see where I’m going with this, because you’ve tried to figure out where in your packed schedule you have time to write. The good news is: that you don’t have to drop everything else in your life in order to tell a great story. You just have to make telling that story a priority in your life and carve some time out of each day (or as near to each day as possible) to honor that priority.

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