If you’ve stopped by this blog recently, you’ll remember that I’m currently under a self-imposed deadline to finish the revision of my Young Adult (YA) novel. Now, I admit that I tend to get a little punchy at this stage of a long-haul. But no, I haven’t gone completely around the bend. Yet.
Here’s eight reasons why writing is like baseball:
- Writers are in a League of Their Own.
- The publication process is a team effort — writer, critique partners, agent, editors, graphic designers.
- It’s an American (and a whole lot of other cultures too) dream — seeing a story we’ve written in print.
- Personal history (backstory) affects baseball players as much as it does our characters. Take the players’ personal issues in Bull Durham that stop the game with a prolonged huddle on the pitcher’s mound.
- You need a tough hide to survive the slides. Rejection isn’t pretty. Or easy. Ever. And it’s part of the process. [A League of Their Own trailer].
- You’ve gotta have heart to make it in the industry. An entire song in Damn Yankees can’t be wrong.
- Shoes are optional. Shoeless Joe Jackson set the precedent there. Would Damn Yankees (Shoeless Joe from Hannibal Mo) lie? I don’t think so!
- Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains. But it’s fun, goddamit!
I write because the “hard” is what makes it Great!