Lee Future/Mike Cook is not the first to compare writing to running, but I think his angle in “Running Through Writing’s Solar System” is a little different:
To many, authors are a magical species living on a distant planet full of money and free time and creative fulfillment. People want to go to this planet. When they hear that I am a writer, they often gush out stories of their own, about how they used to write, or how they write poetry, or how they have this great idea for a novel.
I do my best not to discourage people when they say these things. Writing always offers personal growth, and in that way, writing is like running. It’s a wonderful thing for anyone to do. It’s also important, though, to understand what kind of running one plans to do.
Most people who write, write like I run.
And chick lit author Gemma Burgess stole some words right out of my mouth:
Perhaps as a result of the actual writing being so enjoyable and instinctive for me, my weakest area is definitely plots. I’ve had to put an awful lot of extra work in to get them up to scratch. I also tend to want to write about normal girls doing normal things, and I don’t really like melodrama, which means I tread a fine line between ‘relatable’ and ‘inconsequential’.
(Ms. Burgess gives another awesome interview over here.)
I thought about making this a regular feature (Writerly Wednesdays) but let’s be honest, am I going to keep up with it? No way.