I love baseball. I love writing. And I love advice.
Make the adjustment.
As a hitter, you adjust to the pitchers. As a pitcher, you adjust to the hitters. As a writer, you adjust to the reader. To your audience whether it’s one person or one million. The way you email an editor is different from the way you text your agent. But of course, that’s not the only adjustment you have to make. You and your characters have to adapt to different scenarios all the time.
When life throws you a curveball, hit it out of the ballpark.
Pretty self explanatory, right? Find the good in the bad. Then proceed to succeed.
Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.
I especially like thinking about this one in terms of rejection. Never let the fear of rejection keep you from writing, from blogging. If you aren’t afraid of rejection, replace with failure, judgement, whatever applies to you.
You can’t steal second without taking your foot off first.
My take on this: You have to move if you want to improve. And in order to improve, you have to write as often as possible. I’m all for writing every day, but I realize life happens. We’re all busy. Still, you’ll be surprised at the progress you’ll make over time with consistent practice.
Every strike brings you closer to the next home run.
Every rejection brings you closer to the next acceptance. The rare acceptances make the frequent rejections worth it.
If you think practice is boring, try sitting on the bench.
You have the right to shake me silly if I ever say writing is boring. The thought of not being able to write anything has me picking up a notebook and pen faster than someone can throw a 100 mph fastball to home plate. I don’t like boredom. Who does?
This has been fun. Even if no one reads this post or everyone hates it, I want to do a part two or something similar in the future.