Writing Vs. Running
You may not believe it, but writing is a lot like running. At least, it is for me. Some days I wake up with a smile on my face, put on my running clothes and am ready to go ‘get some!’ Other days I wake up, shove on my fuzzy slippers and can barely stagger to the coffee pot.
Sure, I concede, writing isn’t exactly physical in nature, but like running, writing requires repetition for excellence. To get up those hills without breaking stride takes perseverance and dedication. Sitting down and writing chapter after chapter takes commitment and devotion. Like you, some days I fall happily into the productive writer mentality with clever words dripping off my fingertips. Other days I agonize over each. And. Every. Word.
The important thing is: no matter how hard the struggle, either to get out the door and run, or to plant our booties in a chair and write, is that we don’t give up. We keep going over each and every speed bump. We continue to push up that hill, remembering there is a downhill ‘breather’ on the other side. We type with carefree abandon, letting the spirit of the characters and their worlds carry us. We can always edit and polish later.
Being a dedicated runner and writer for as long as I can remember, I’ll pass this on… You’d be amazed at how many times the BEST run and the BEST chapter came after the hardest time getting inspired or focusing. So, to all you writers out there keep on plugging away. To all you runners out there, keep moving. And to all you readers out there, thank you for giving us motivation!
The Dysus Dreamer
Book Two, The Halfling Chronicles
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: July, 2013
"A powerful half-demon is kidnapped, bloodthirsty werewolves are on the rise, and a planet is dying. A demon warrior and dark elf joining forces are the least of their worries."
Demon warrior, Slade Aesus, is determined to destroy the werewolves controlling his cousin. But a beautiful elf, consumed by her own vengeance, finds the wolves first. Botching her assassination attempt, Annwyn has the most powerful Packs in the world biting at her heels. Both fiercely independent, can the two join forces long enough to fulfill their missions and stay alive?
Writing urban fantasy under the pen-name J.A. Garland, Jennifer is a professional firefighter in the state of California. Jennifer is married and has two children, both of whom are as different as night and day. A graduate of Cogswell Polytechnical with a degree in Fire Administration, Jennifer always knew she wanted to be an author. (Except for a brief two month period after watching the movie "Top Gun," when she wanted to be a fighter pilot).
Jennifer admits she is an addicted trail runner, mostly because she is a devout consumer of all things cheese puff. If she misses you at the next mud run, you can come back here to see what's new in the world "where fantasy becomes reality."
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