Saturday, January 5, 2013

Writing & Marketing Tweets from January 4, 2013

My bike and computer are side-by-side
I’ve been struggling to overcome a knee injury and what I’ve discovered is that I have weak hip flexors (a result of sitting for long periods of time).  I also have weak glutes. You’d think if I could run 26 miles, my legs would be strong enough to support that endeavor. Wrong. The strong parts overcompensated for the weak parts. And guess what? They finally got tired of carrying the load. Wham! My knee quit working—gave out and said, “No more.”  

After 16 months of training, it was time to rest. Going from running 5-6 times a week to zero was not easy. I’d take off a few days, convince myself I was okay, and go out for run. I only had to run a mile to realize I wasn’t any better. My knee is on the mend now, but I have to be careful and not over-train. With that in mind, I bought a recumbent bike. This torture apparatus is supposed to work my calves, quads, hamstrings and glutes. That’s exactly what I need. First time on the bike yesterday, I rode 11.5 miles. Not a long distance because I just wanted to check it out. I liked it. And, it has an added benefit—reading time. If I can read and exercise at the same time, I’m on it! 

From 2006-2010, after work and on weekends, I’d squeeze out every extra minute and pour them into my writing. I retired in 2010 and started writing full-time. By January 2012, my mind said, “Enough. It’s time to rest.”  

Rest is built into the way we are designed, but we resist. I’ve always been good about getting enough sleep, but never good at resting. There was always something that had to be done—like clean the bathroom!  

I think that’s what happened to me last year. Not only did body parts stop supporting my knee, but all the parts that went in to my writing quit working, too. Rest. Rest. Rest. 

Rest is a good thing. It’s an antidote to stress. It gives the heart a chance to slow down. It reduces blood pressure. As a result, we have more energy and are better able to solve problems. 

I was afraid to rest. Afraid that if I took time off from running, I’d lose fitness. If I took time off from writing, I’d lose my passion. I think in some ways that's true. I have lost fitness, and I have lost that drive to write to the exclusion of everything else. I’ll come back as a stronger runner because of cross-training, and I'm  writing in a more balanced, relaxed way, which makes me a more insightful writer. 

Rest. It’s important. Take a few minutes and de-stress this afternoon. You’ll be glad you did.

If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again: 
  1. Notes from Tabor Lane: Writing & Marketing Tweets from January 3
  2. Writing fiction with animal protagonists:  RT @elizabethscraig
  3. 4 Tips For Understanding KDP Select: @BadRedheadMedia RT @elizabethscraig
  4. How to de-risk book publishing: @magnify RT @elizabethscraig "Social Media has turned book marketing upside down"
  5. 10 Online Marketing Trends: What will move the needle in marketing this year @iamdellgines @Bookgal
  6. 9 Proven Sales Tips for Introverts Step out of your comfort zone . . .
  7. KDP and PubIt and Smashwords, Oh My! by Lorca Damon Very good post.
  8. 7 Key Habits of Super Networkers "Effective networking isn't a result of luck -- it requires hard work and persistence"
  9. Do Agents and Editors Expect Novelists to Blog? @JodyHedlund The answer might surprise you.
  10. But can you teach Creative Writing? Read the 11 things that can be taught.
  11. 3 Erroneous Uses of Scare Quotes via Daily Writing Tips
  12. How Do You Know If Your Work is Any Good via @RachelleGardner @ElizabethSCraig
  13. Will Your Book Ever Be Published? via Daily Writing Tips
  14. How Do You Find Time to Write, Promote, Learn New Tech, and Still Have a Life? by @janefriedman
  15. How to Become an Influential Writer in the Age of AuthorRank - RT @copyblogger RT @bookgal: 

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Happy writing & running, Kathy

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