Holly Venable

Change is not an instant's act . . . one writer's progression

Vegetables and Writing

January 27th, 2011

I have been trying to eat more vegetables, and no, I have not been drizzling them with yummy butter or dousing them in a delicious dipping sauce. I am trying to be a healthier person, and whether I like it or not, vegetables play a big role in that.

I read these articles about people saying they love eating vegetables and crave them. Obviously these people have serious mental imbalances. It’s normal to crave a cheeseburger, but celery? The funny thing is that as I eat more vegetables, I notice that they do, in fact, taste better. Yeah, crazy. Today I ate asparagus with only salt and pepper. Freaking get out of town! I won’t go so far as to say I crave vegetables, but the more I eat them, the more I like them. And that is a positive thing because if I don’t eat my vegetables, I’m going to have a harder time getting healthier for sure.

So what does this have to do with writing? Well, sometimes I have to remind myself that I like writing. I know it will be good for me and help me have a positive mental state.:) It’s a million times easier to find a trivial (yet suddenly vital) thing to do rather than write. However, if I don’t write on a consistent basis, my novel will never get finished, and I will never become a better writer.

Don’t you love the parallel?

Getting vegetables into your diet is hard if you don’t plan right. Maybe you would rather just have fruit (aka reading, email, browsing news websites, etc.), but you gots to get your vegetables in! So I plan. I plan. I plan. Sometimes I am successful with the vegetables, and sometimes, like this week, I am not. Same with writing. That doesn’t mean I stop trying to do better though.

So this is what I say . . . eat more vegetables!

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