“Writing a Book is Like Running a Maratho — ” No. No, It’s Not.

Asinine writing advice and how to fix it

Goofy bassett hound “running.” Eyes are peeled wide open; gums and ears flapping. Legs look like loaves of lumpy white bread. Green field on which dog is running is very green. Out-of-focus woods in the background.
Photo by Casper Coomans on Unsplash

I did a quick Google search for this advice. It turned up 47.9 million results in half a second. Each of these details how writing a book is like running a marathon, or training for one. Some of these posts compare writing a book to the marathon itself: The excitement of the starting line…