No pain. No gain.

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.  Hebrews 12:11, NLT.

There’s an old mantra in the exercise world that says,”No pain, no gain”. It means you have to be willing to endure some pain during exercising before you can see the results of your workout. If your muscles don’t hurt after you’ve exercised, you will not gain any additional muscle.

Like the training of your body, training to write will also require some pain on your part as you exercise your writing muscles. The pain of rising up early or staying up late to write. The pain of the time invested in honing your craft. The pain of writing and rewriting until your manuscript is ready for publication, and the pain that comes when your work is rejected for publication. But just as you cannot gain strong muscles if you don’t feel any pain when you exercise, you can’t gain muscles as a writer if you’re not willing to endure the pain that comes with training to write professionally. So no matter how much it hurts, keep stretching your writing muscles, for after the pain comes the gain!

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Writer to Writer: How are you exercising your writing muscles today? Post your comments on my blog. I enjoy hearing from you!

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