5 Ways to Train for Creative Work Like an Athlete

Want to write that novel? Approach it like a marathon.

Henriette Lazaridis
Forge
Published in
6 min readOct 29, 2019

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A woman rowing a kayak.
Photo: Pete Saloutos/UpperCut Images/Getty

II used to think my two passions — writing and rowing — used fundamentally different parts of my brain. In rowing, I found a certainty I cherished: the clarity of the stopwatch, the feedback of the coach, the gratification as my rowing improved. Writing, on the other hand, was all about…

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Henriette Lazaridis
Forge
Writer for

novel TERRA NOVA coming 12/22. debut THE CLOVER HOUSE. other work in Elle, Narrative, The Millions, elsewhere. competitive rower. www.henriettelazaridis.com