Are You Writing?

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This morning while brushing my teeth, a quote popped into my head.

“Every morning in Africa, an antelope wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest antelope, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or an antelope – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” – African Proverb

A former co-worker of mine had this taped to his cubicle wall. He ran marathons. The quote made sense for him. In terms of running.

This morning, I thought about the quote in terms of writing. And I paraphrased it thus:

Every morning, an aspiring author wakes up. She knows she must out-write her last story, or it will be rejected. Every morning, a bestselling author wakes up. She knows she must out-write her last bestseller or she could get passed over for the debut author. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the aspiring author or the bestseller, when the sun comes up, you’d better be writing.

It kind of works, doesn’t it?

The sun’s up. Are you writing?

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2 thoughts on “Are You Writing?

    Amanda said:
    October 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I think your take on the proverb definitely works! And, yes, I’m writing today…but on those days when it’s hard to find the time, I will remember this. Thanks for sharing~

    tahliaN said:
    October 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I love this, but I’m not writing just now, I’m blogging. Oh dear!

    This last ( I hope it’s the last) rewrite is slow. When I hit something that’s not so good, I have really have to spend time on it and I can’t do too much in one hit.

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