How to Get Abs from Writing

Actually, a better title for this post is probably “How to Get Abs from Not Writing.” I am going to share with you a painful – albeit beneficial – journey upon which I am about to embark.

I was cleaning out my room a few weeks ago, and I found this:

It’s a contract that I made with myself two years ago in an effort to get somewhere with all this writing business. The idea was that I had to write a certain amount every month, and if I didn’t, I had to “pay” with physical exertion through push-ups and crunches.

I thought it would be a good idea, because this way either one of two things would happen:

1) I would complete my manuscript out of fear of having to do a ton of push-ups, or

2) I wouldn’t finish my manuscript, but at least I’d get buff from doing push-ups.

Instead, this is what happened:

1) I abandoned my manuscript and started a new one (for good reason – my old one had a lot of problems), and

2) I forgot about my contract until a few weeks ago.

Scroll back up and look at the picture. See the little star next to “By Apr. 3, 2011 – Final outline completed”? Well, that little star means I met that deadline. Notice that there are no other little stars to be found… which means I did not meet any of those deadlines and now (as the contract states) have to do 100 push-ups and 250 crunches for each one.

The things is, I am really big on promises. Especially with an official signed contract and all. I just feel that a promise is a promise, even if it’s just to myself. Never mind that I signed it two years ago – my signature is still there, in lovely blue ink (if I remember correctly, I signed with my large feather pen), and it doesn’t look like there’s an expiration date.

Maybe I shouldn’t have cleaned out my room. Maybe I shouldn’t have abandoned my manuscript (although I’m afraid that was unavoidable).

Either way, whatever happened, now I’m stuck with a promise I made to myself that I haven’t fulfilled and feel obliged to do so.

The total amount of physical exertion comes to 900 push-ups and 2,500 crunches. (This will of course be done in sets. I’ll also be spreading this out over a period of time.)

Wish me luck as I embark  on this journey… and be careful what you sign – even if it’s just a contract with yourself!