Saturday, June 6, 2009

ESPN & Writing

The one periodical that my husband gets delivered is ESPN The Magazine. While I admit that I enjoy reading it as well, it's generally not where I turn for literary inspiration.

But then, you just never know.

This morning I read the
cover story about a 17 year old boy (Zac Sunderland) who is just weeks away from completed his goal of being the youngest person ever to circumnavigate the globe. And while that in and of itself is inspirational (to quote the cover of The Magazine: "What were YOU doing at 17?") - the writing by Chris Jones is also excellent.

Toward the end of the article, Zac says he doesn't think he'll be able to be anything less than an adventurer, that working 9-5 is probably not right for him. By this point, bells were going off for me too - and not just because I'm scheduled to be returning to my part-time job on Monday.

Ultimately, the point is, if you want something out of life, go get it. If you want to circumnavigate the globe by yourself, have at it. If you want to run across the country, get moving. If you want to start your own business or open your own restaurant - get to work. If you want to write a novel - Sit. Down. And. Write.

It's not my job's fault that I haven't finished this novel. It's not my husband's, or my children's. It's not that I just had a baby or the televisions (or that I couldn't write on Wednesday nights because I dedicated the entirety of my evening to LOST.) No. The only thing standing between me and finishing this me.

And so on that note, I'm off to get some more done. No excuses.


nova said...

Inspiration from such surprising places! It's true: you never know when or where you'll find it... And I love what you said; I'll take it with me too.

p.s. CONGRATULATIONS on the new addition to your family!!!

Eileen Wiedbrauk said...

Come rain or shine, I'm writing a minimum of 1000 words a day on this draft and hopefully the first draft will be done by the end of summer. ... At 17 I had no idea what I wanted from college let alone what I wanted from life. More power to Zac, but I could have never been happy doing the same thing.