So if you're at the gym listening to the aerobics instructor say this in a shrill cheerleader cry that grates to the marrow of your bone, it may not seem as inspiring. If I were in the class, I'd probably be in mid-grapevine over the stair-step thinking, "AARRGGH! You're a 5-kid having freak of nature with a perfect body!!!" Only spite would keep me going until the end.
But in writing, this cheer, this call is very needed. As writers, we have to hone in on maximizing. We do it a lot without really thinking about it. When we do a rewrite after someone gives us a suggestion, we're working to increase our story's appeal, trying to make it the greatest we can possibly make it. With so many things that are not within our control, it's nice to know that maximizing is something within our grasp.
Critique partners and beta readers are great. Doing writing exercises to practice your writing chops is another thing. I recently took advantage of an exercise at Unicorn Bell. It was about senses and the use of them to pull your reader in. Here is my assignment response. And the moderators provided some helpful comments as well. Following this blog has been an excellent idea.
Maximizing your time is especially necessary, since many of us aspiring writers also have full time jobs and families that make demands on us. We must learn to use our opportunities when they arise. I've visited a few blogs where parents have mentioned using waiting periods to do some writing, like waiting at a sports practice or going early and waiting to pick up the kiddo(s) from school.
What's something you currently do or think you can try to maximize your writing path? Ideas are welcome. Someone may check out a comment and realize it's a helpful tip for them in their pursuit of publishness.