Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Ready For The Run
I spent last weekend in Las Vegas. My little sister participated in the Las Vegas 1/2 marathon. It was incredible. They closed down the strip and there were nearly 30,000 runners.
Some of them looked determined, ready for the long haul. Others were talking to themselves, trying to remember it would be worth it, trying to just limp through the last 1/4 mile.
It really struck me how much the road to publishing is like a marathon. For a very few writers, it's a short 5K and everything seems to fall into place. For others, it's 13.1 miles for the half marathon and they feel like giving up more than once. For even more, it's the 26.2 mile full marathon. They feel like they can't handle it. They'll never get there. At times, it might even feel like deciding to try for that finish line was the worst decision they've ever made.
But you should see the look of triumph on their faces when they cross that finish line, and they realize that every step was worth it.
I can't wait to get there. Can you?