My 'Beginners' article in July's edition of Writing Magazine is called BOXING CLEVER.
It explores what some might refer to as a slightly tenuous comparison between the craft of boxing and the art of writing (one I used to do, the other I still pursue).
As with boxing, there are certain points you need to consider to be a writer. Not precisely the same ones, of course, but just as important. One of them is KEEP MOVING. Boxers who stand still rarely progress because they get nailed.
In the same way, writers need to stay on the move in their chosen game, too. That means don't throw your writing punch and sit around waiting for the response; it may never come - or if it does, it may be a request to see what else you've written.
If you've been languishing on your couch, dreaming of book deals, events and lots of royalties, instead of writing the next project... well, you'll be disappointed because those requests are few and far between, and you need to be a in a position to take advantage of them.
And the only way to do that is to keep writing.