The Iditarod is a grueling race fraught with perils, tough trails, injuries, sickness, bad weather, you name it, it's there. Mushers and the teams work hard through the year to prepare for this race of endurance.
Why do they do it?
Love of the race. Watching a team of well trained dogs go the distance. For some, the fame and glory for both the musher and his team. Going the distance and crossing the finish line is a driving force for both the dogs and the musher.
Kinda like writing isn't it? A driving force. A lot of work, more than a few pitfalls, but the rewards are also great, both on a personal level (meeting a goal, or finishing a MS) and professionally (getting better with each completed MS, getting a contract, seeing your book in a bookstore, or watching your sales rankings increase at online bookstores).
Holidays have come and gone. We've had time to procrastinate--wasn't it a lovely time? It's time to gear up and get the muse back to work. No more lazy--trust me, lazy isn't hard for me. Time to sit the butt in the chair and stroke those keys.
There are all sorts of writing goals and deadlines out there this year. For some, there are contests they're entering, others have new books to write, queries to send out, and then there are blog hops and things like A-Z Challenge to prepare for. All come with a head full of ideas, but now it's time to set it to prose. Edit, write, let that creative muse loose. Let her run the race she's prepared for, worked for and is ready to run.
Mush! Find the trail, work past the pitfalls.