Interviews, Awards and Writing

If I don’t put all of this down now, I will lose something. First, JMaxFitness has me at “Number One” on the list of Fitness Pros to listen to in 2015. So, that’s pressure. See the list here.

Also, my good friends at Kettle Bell Fever just posted a new interview we did…a few days ago? You can see it here.

This morning, I got an email about “how to write” and I didn’t have much time, so I sent this. Upon review, this is pretty good:

I’m off to catch a plane, but do this for me, reply back later…tomorrow maybe…and I will finish this up.

1. Drink deeply in the Great Books. 15 minutes a day of reading. Books that challenge you…I don’t like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but I am half way through…it demands my attention.

2. Writing is rewriting. It’s work. Screw inspiration.

3. Read Poetry and learn from poets. Dylan Thomas is a good start:

In my craft or sullen art
Exercised in the still night
When only the moon rages
And the lovers lie abed
With all their griefs in their arms,
I labour by singing light
Not for ambition or bread
Or the strut and trade of charms
On the ivory stages
But for the common wages
Of their most secret heart.
Not for the proud man apart
From the raging moon I write
On these spindrift pages
Nor for the towering dead
With their nightingales and psalms
But for the lovers, their arms
Round the griefs of the ages,
Who pay no praise or wages
Nor heed my craft or art.

4. Always write. Always draw pictures of what you want to write. Connect the dots on what you are trying to write. Be visual first…it will show up on your work.

5. Live damn it! That’s where you get inspiration. Flounder, fail, succeed. Love. Lust. Then, find a good quote from somebody else that explains it better and go from there.

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