Mark Lefebvre, Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations for Kobo is the host for this episode, and introduces a memorable clip from Episode 279 of The Creative Penn Podcast where Joanna Penn talks about her experience in the “Race to the Stones” and compares walking the 100KM journey with writing.
In her talk, Joanna goes into the details regarding 9 Lessons Learned About Writing from Walking 100K in a Weekend:
- Deadlines and specific goals help you achieve more
- It’s good to have a goal, but training (and the journey) is the point
- Stamina builds up over time with practice
- You need a support team, but nobody can do the steps for you
- There are fun parts, but some of it will be hell
- Don’t compare yourself to others. The race is only with yourself
- Follow the path others have set before you
- It’s worth spending money to get the right gear
- A lot of people give up along the way – persistence is the key to success
Mark then talks a bit about the beginning and end of the year as common goal-setting times for writers, and shares 5 of the bigger writing goals he had set for himself in 2016. He goes into detail, explaining the highs of meeting deadlines and goals, and the struggles with not achieving a goal. He shares his own 10 year struggle with getting his novel A Canadian Werewolf in New York written, edited and published – (he started working on it on a series from The Writing Show Podcast back in 2006) – he shares this because he is certain that there’s something like this that every writer faces and ends up beating themselves up over.
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