So two questions: (1) Why Kung Fu (people ask this all the time); and (2) How are Kung Fu and writing alike?
We'll start with (1) Why Kung Fu?
- Kung Fu is good exercise.
- Kung Fu stretches my mind. It's all based around learning and practicing katas which are series of moves. Honestly, it had been ages since I stretched my mind in this way. Growing up I was all about the dance and cheerleading, but let's face it, since then times have changed; there isn't much memory required on the elliptical machine.
- Kung Fu teaches confidence.
- Kung Fu teaches self defense. There are 40 attacks and defenses taught as part of the curriculum.
- Kung Fu allows me to get up in front of everyone and test - a good opportunity to challenge myself.
- Kung Fu teaches discipline (really good for kids)
- Kung Fu is downright fun. Sparring is fun. Kicking. Punching. Need I say more?
So now Question (2) How are Kung Fu and Writing alike?
I started Kung Fu a year ago. The first day I learned 2 sparring techniques. Not so much. The second day I learned a couple more. At the end of the year, I know 20 sparring techniques, 30 short katas, 5 long forms, and 40 self defense moves.
Great. But why is this important you ask.
Well, here's the thing. I go to Kung Fu 3 times a week. 2 of the classes are material classes - where I learn new stuff from the curriculum. The other class is solely a conditioning class - no new material. I never go more; my schedule and goals doesn't allow for it. So basically, in two hours a week, one year later, and I'm already a brown belt.
With writing, let's look at the first draft stage. I write 4 pages a night. On a really motivated night, it may be 6. On a less motivated night, it may be 2. So average 4, in about 2 months, I've written a novel. Sure, revisions are needed, but I've got my draft down.
The moral of all this rambling - Be consistent. Set a schedule. Stick to it. Don't skip out on it. And pretty soon you'll have a novel (and a black belt).