The Written Word

By Hilary Achauer

In Rest Day/Theory

June 11, 2013

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What does it take to write a book? Hilary Achauer talks to Samir Chopra and bestselling novelist Eleanor Brown about the joy—and pain—of writing.

When all she wants to do is stop, Eleanor Brown breaks her task into manageable parts.

“Small goals are important. You have to make it achievable,” Brown said.

Samir Chopra doesn’t enjoy the process, but knows he’d be even unhappier if he stopped.

“I wish I could stop, but if I stopped, I’d be miserable,” he said.

They’re not taking about CrossFit. They’re talking about writing.

Brown is a New York Times bestselling author. Chopra has published four books. Both are CrossFit athletes.

Writers are a strange bunch. Most could never dream of doing anything else. They need to write. And yet writers procrastinate. They drag their heels. They talk about how difficult it is to face a blank page. At times, they hate writing.

Like most authors, Brown and Chopra have developed techniques and strategies for being productive, for overcoming obstacles and for getting to the final period.

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This is great, Hilary. So many, "Oh god, that's me," moments in this!

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