I’ve been thinking a lot about energy lately while composing a new Green Living article. As I have gone around the house testing various appliances with my Kill A Watt monitor, checking how much power they need to do their thing, I began to think about the amps drawn upon when I am cranking out articles, reviews, and blog posts.
Many of my appliances, such as my refrigerator, are energy stars (as in Energy Star appliances). They didn’t achieve that status by burning through tons of power over the course of their machine lives. These are lean running machines. Just as world class runners have honed their craft to achieve an economy of movement and an optimal use of their body’s energy, so too writers work to find the kind of flow that produces while drawing upon precious resources.
When I was a long distance runner, my breathing and running rhythm didn’t kick in until I had covered three miles. At that point, the running began to feel good… almost effortless. My heart, lungs, and muscles found their synchronicity. They pumped as one.
If I quit running before mile four, I missed out on the naturally released endorphins that produce such an incredible feeling of “rightness.” It’s the only way I can think to describe it. It’s called the runner’s high because of the sense of intense wellbeing that envelops one after a good run.
There is a “writeness” that exists for authors, too. If we write our way into that place where our mind, heart, and life energies merge, it is possible to experience the writer’s high. Sometimes we get there without expending a whole lot of energy. It can feel effortless at times. There are those days, though, when we may not hit our flow until mile five, or seven, or ten. The thing is to keep writing. There is always that breakthrough mile where it begins to feel incredibly right.
Whether you are a new writer or a pro, I encourage you to become an Energy Star. Writing every day makes us lean, powerful writing machines. Just as I became a better, stronger runner when I started training with a partner, I encourage you to draw strength from the many talented Squidoo writers. Have you joined our team? We’d love to write alongside you and cheer you on toward your next writing milestone. See you at the starting line.