I love running. Now before you roll your eyes at me for being a health nut, I have not always loved running. In high school, I couldn’t run lap, much less a marathon. Over the last six years though, I have slowly been converted. I may love to run, but I hate to stretch. I’d rather run twenty miles uphill than hold a hamstring stretch for twenty seconds. It’s painful and annoying. The truth is though, if I want to keep running, I have to keep stretching.
I love writing (obviously). You know what I don’t love? Editing. If I want to keep writing though, well, you get it.
Passions and talents cannot be developed if we only pursue the aspects of it that we enjoy. There is the primary work, which we usually love, and there is the secondary work. For me, lifting weights is primary work. I enjoy it. The rest between sets is secondary work. I get so impatient, feeling like I’m wasting time. But if I want to get stronger, the rest is just as important as the lifting. The same is true in everything.
You can run all you want, but if you never stretch, you won’t have a very long running career. The stretching is just as important as the running.
You can write all you want, but unless you edit you won’t find very many people who want to read you. The editing is just as important as the writing.
Developing your art requires doing all aspects of the work, even the parts you don't enjoy. You can’t cook good food without clean dishes. The day you stop doing the dishes is the day you stop cooking.