As you may (or may not) know, today Geoffrey Mutai won the Boston Marathon. The twenty-nine-year-old Kenyan ran 26.2 mile course in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 2 seconds, the fastest time ever.
The Boston Marathon
Meanwhile, I sat at my desk all day…
Today, I started a new writing project and realized that I have a whopping total of ten uncompleted novels on my computer! Some of them have been barely started and consist of only a chapter or two, but there are others that are within three or four chapters of being finished. And yet, there they sit.
I write between three and five thousand words a day (on most days), yet I can’t seem to complete a new book. Which is frustrating since those unfinished manuscripts are doing no good sitting on my computer. Yet, for one reason or another, I’ve stalled out. I just can’t get motivated.
I think it has something to do with momentum.
As you may (or may not) know, the Boston Marathon is considered to be one of the most challenging races ever, and it ends with the famous, Heartbreak Hill, a steep rise where many runners hit their proverbial wall.
For me, trying to finish a novel is like coming up against Heartbreak Hill. For some reason, it requires an extra effort. A final burst of will to get me over the top. I get frustrated because I can’t figure out how to reach a satisfying ending. Or I’m sick of the characters. Or I’m bored with the story. Whatever. It’s always something.
But I want to move past that! So I’m challenging myself to finish at least one of those ten incomplete books within the next two months. (And now that I’ve put it on the blog, I’ve really got to do it!) It will be like running the marathon …hard work but worth it in the end.
Causes Michelle Scott Supports
Amnesty International, Habitat for Humanity