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Jim Fixx wrote The Complete Book of Running in 1977. Fixx is largely credited with starting America's fitness craze. Fixx quit smoking and shed 50 pounds after he started running at age 35. I read this book years ago (obviously). The one thing that stuck with me was an idea he had in there that he didn't make himself run every day. He did however, make himself put on his running shoes every day, even if he didn't intend to run. All he had to do to fulfill his commitment to himself was to lace up his running shoes.
What Fixx noticed was that after he laced up his running shoes, he frequently decided that since he had them on, he might as well go for a short run. He'd been on some of his best runs when his only promise was to lace up his shoes.
Sometimes writing is like that. I don't want to write a scene in the book I'm working on for whatever reason. I am looking around the house at everything else I need to get done. I am tired. I am antsy. My writing isn't flowing. Any excuse will do! I remember what my commitment to my writing is, and I honor that. I make myself sit down at the computer and open the scene, the page, the outline, whatever. That's it. If that's the very best I can do that day, I can still walk away feeling good about keeping my promise. Sometimes, just like Jim Fixx, I do some of my best and most effortless writing at that moment because doing the first thing sometimes leads to the next thing.
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