What Will It Take?

Join us in this month’s multi-author blogging share topic from Insecure Writer’s Support Group:

As a triathlete, I know that one day I’ll have to make the big decision to hang up my old, worn racing shoes. (After all, I think you’ll agree they’ve seen better days!)

What will be the tipping point? Will another injury and months of physical therapy do it? Will I have another accident? Will I lose interest?

I thought hard about this during 2020, when race after race was cancelled. The Ironman I had put 8 months of hard training into, much of it in well over 100-degree desert heat, was cancelled about 10 days before the big race. For days, depression had me seriously considering selling my bike.

Squeezing in training in an overscheduled life, physical exhaustion, massive time and emotional investment, self-doubt, injuries (mental and physical)- these are the variables that effect how much I enjoy triathlons, and how long I will keep racing.

Funny, these sound a LOT like the variables that effect how much I love writing. We all eek out what writing time we can, between all of our responsibilities. Late night and early morning writing sprints or edits or story outlines can be fun, yet exhausting. We spend months, if not years, perfecting our manuscript for submission. The rejection rate from agents is high, the chances to get our precious words in front of an agent who will love it enough to run it across the finish line, small. Rejections are hard to take. Repeated rejections are harder, and leave us a little more injured along the way.

But we roll up our sleeve and try again. That why I have a list of agents to start my next query and a nearly completed manuscript on my desk. And, yes, I am training for the Ironman again this year, despite the 115 degrees here last week. Will it get cancelled again? I don’t know, but I have to try. I am excited to keep moving toward the finish line with both of these big goals in my life. I haven’t hit the ‘quit’ wall yet. Honestly, I am not sure what it will take for me to decide to stop. For now, I am glad to know 2020 didn’t win.

What would it take for you to put down your pen and quit writing? Better yet, tell us what keeps you writing, despite everything? Please share with us in the comments.

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