Tuesday, July 27, 2010

3 Things the Alps Can Teach Us About Writing

This morning I woke up in my Alpine apartment and could hardly walk. After two days of solid hiking in the Alps, I was desperate to do at least one more hike. I went to the grocery store and bought a band-aid for my blister. But halfway to the lift station, I had to turn around. My foot hurt too much. The day before I had hiked over 7 hours. The day before that, over 4.

Which brings me to my writing. In hiking as in writing, I often push myself to the extremes. I need to work on pacing myself. So this week, no writing. And less hiking now too...

Here are a few things I've learned so far in the Alps.

1. Be patient. The fog will lift. You just have to wait. Maybe an hour. Maybe two days. The same goes for writer's block. Don't have a solution to a problem? Take a break. Wait it out. The answer will come. The fog will clear.

2. Pace yourself. A seven-hour hike one day may mean you can barely walk the next. Writing too much can be hazardous too. Last fall, I couldn't type for a week after working too much at my computer.

3. One step at a time. Yesterday I hiked to the bottom of the Aletsch Glacier. But then I had to hike back up. Over 300 meters up. It looked daunting. Until I stopped looking up and started looking across. Yes, with writing too, it's good to have a final goal. But if you don't take the steps in between, you'll never make it. You'll only dream it. That's why when I'm working on a book, I only write 1,000 words a day. One word at a time.

What has a summer vacation taught you about writing?

11 comments:

  1. At last but not the least, you require to think about what kind of Replica Watches Uk is the acceptable for you. It is thought wise to make the final decision with the help of the menus on the net site. In case you are a lady and you are planning to buy yourself a exquisite watch. In addition to the practical use as time devices, I do think the watches could become your ideal companion to enhance your beauty and elegance, therefore, you ought to select stylish model. Here I require to take Rolex as an example, Rolex watches are famous Swiss brand watches all over the world, and Rolex is of the Top ten watch brand. Besides, what is is the most important is that Rolex is recognized by lots of watch fanatics and lots of watch specialists.What better way to encompass elegance, sophistication and style but with a designer watch? What kind of designer watch man are you? Do you tend to gravitate towards the massive, time-tested, widely known Rolex? Arguably the King of the watch brand, it is of the most recognizable brands in the world, and arguably the costliest brand of designer watch at http://www.ewcoxusa.com the market. Worn by everyone from James Bond to Kanye West-this watch is instantly recognizable by its name and crown insignia. Or perhaps you'd prefer the age-old classic design of an Omega watch? Breitling replicas, the affordable series of timepieces of the average man and woman, can make you feel nice, in case you are of those who adore the Breitling line but cannot afford the actual thing. A high-class fake Breitling watch like the Swiss Breitling replica is a reliable and pretty item to wear or offer as a gift to somebody you love.

    ReplyDelete
  2. AnonymousJuly 18, 2014

    Any level of popularity for fake omega during the rapid post-war span can be produced by with the multitude of your wartime great importance together with their appearance regarding roll film. Jake Niven, such as, glamorously sported a good bomber jacket during the roll film A good Question for Daily life together with Fatality (1946), wherein she portrayed a good RAF preliminary. Professional Jimmy Stewart – replica patek philippe standard through world war – at the same time used the an individual during the 1957 roll film Overnight Statement, mainly because managed Marlon Brando during the Undomesticated An individual (1953). Appreciate the fact some sort of background for famous sock varieties in the last quite a few years. Someone not being able to adhere to any community "sock code" was initially in peril meant for going through any stigma the fact that quite often comes along with nonconformity. Knee fake omega traveling to just below any knee placed in some sort of looks during the 60s, pursued by television pretend shopping bags avenue with out stitched during back through seventies, consequently larger team pretend shopping bags avenue together with ankle joint pretend shopping bags avenue the fact that accessorized stirrup skirts sprang out during the eighties. The new iteration has become incredible some sort of outlook for tolerance that will choice having longer that will gear together with boots and shoes. These days bright white pretend shopping bags avenue, amazing pretend shopping bags avenue, ankle joint pretend shopping bags avenue without any clearly show gucci Sukey tote bags are very agreed on when the typic, however , hardly any clearly show pretend shopping bags avenue boast an even greater level of popularity compared with some other varieties. If he or she happen to be neon pigmented pretend shopping bags avenue together with decreased slash, it is actually that a lot better. Other individuals claim that replica gucci handbags that will be possibly not visual reduce sacrificed point in time planning to suit twos meant for beauty purposes. Survive, one can find folks that say that will for example the reality that these instantly move across the lower limb with out talk.

    ReplyDelete
  3. With regard to 2013, the most recent person in the actual Omega Seamaster Earth louis vuitton replica sale Sea selection may be the long-awaited Omega Seamaster Earth Sea GMT. Right before the actual gucci replica sale yearly Baselworld view industry display occasion, all of us debuted towards the globe, the brand new Earth Sea GMT GoodPlanet view right here. Which azure as well as lemon edition from the brand new GMT view has the actual GoodPlanet basis title, who Omega teamed upward along with to make a brand new environmentalist movie using the title "Planet hermes replica sale Sea. inch Product sales income of this particular item may partly navigate to the basis. Nevertheless, as well as the azure as well as lemon GoodPlanet edition from the GMT, we now have a pleasant hands-on consider the additional variations from the truly good brand new Seamaster Earth Sea GMT rolex replica sale wrist watches. Because may be the situation along with the majority of brand new Omega Seamaster Earth Sea wrist watches, they are hard in order to picture. That's rolex replica sale because of the refined components combined with the actual somewhat polished dark call.

    ReplyDelete
  4. juicy couture tracksuit, http://www.juicycoutureoutlet.net/
    new balance, http://www.newbalanceshoes.in.net/
    barcelona jersey, http://www.barcelonajerseys.net/
    nike air huarache, http://www.nikeairhuarache.org.uk/
    seattle seahawks jerseys, http://www.seattleseahawksjersey.us/
    michael kors uk, http://www.michaelkorshandbag.co.uk/
    golden state warriors jerseys, http://www.warriorsjersey.com/
    boston celtics, http://www.celticsjersey.com/
    nike roshe run, http://www.nikerosherunshoes.co.uk/
    nfl jerseys, http://www.cheapnfljerseys.org/
    adidas wings shoes, http://www.adidaswings.net/
    san antonio spurs, http://www.sanantoniospursjersey.com/
    cheap uggs, http://www.uggboot.com.co/
    los angeles clippers jerseys, http://www.clippersjerseystore.com/
    canada goose jackets, http://www.canadagoose.us.org/
    michael kors factory online, http://www.michaelkorsfactoryoutletonline.com/
    asics,asics israel,asics shoes,asics running shoes,asics israel,asics gel,asics running,asics gel nimbus,asics gel kayano
    hollister clothing, http://www.hollisterclothingstore.net/
    karen millen uk, http://www.karenmillendressesoutlets.co.uk/
    927

    ReplyDelete

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails