Train Harder

One more running-related post (for now).

I was thinking about those women who can run 10 miles in under an hour; what do they know that I don’t? Have they found a magic pill? Maybe they’re simply genetically superior (or bionic). Yes, some are 25 years younger than me, but there are plenty of older runners who also outperform me—like the 80-year-old speed demon I can never seem to catch.

I’ve come to realize that the difference between those women and me is that they’re willing to do the work. They train much harder and are doing all kinds of things to improve their performance that I’m not willing to do. I love to run, but it’s not as high on my priority list as it is on theirs. That’s because they’re elite and I’m an amateur. I’m happy being a recreational athlete.

As a writer though, I’m a pro. For me, being an amateur author is not an option.

What kind of writer do you want to be? There is no wrong answer here, there’s only the answer that works for you. If you decide that you want to be a pro, you’ve got to be willing to do the work. You’ve got to train harder and do all kinds of things that others are not willing to do.

About the author 

Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis is a bestselling author, literary editor, and podcaster with a passion for stories by, for and about women.

Each month, Valerie recommends books from literature’s best female authors. Selections come from every genre because women write, and read, in every genre. The Women’s Fiction category offers up some terrific novels, but these days there’s a strong female presence in thriller, horror, crime, and other genres traditionally dominated by male writers. No matter what the publishing companies may think, in the 21st Century, Women’s Fiction is whatever we want it to be.

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