In case you’ve been blissfully unaware, next weekend is the Super Bowl.
I’m really not a huge football fan. Frankly, I don’t care who wins the “Big Game” and I had to look it up to find out who’s playing. If I watch any of the festivities, it will be for the commercials.
My husband, though, is an avid football fan and will be screaming at the television—I mean, watching the game—even though his favorite team didn’t come close to making the trip to New Orleans this year.
As the game gets closer, all the major networks are doing stories on the teams (by the way, it’s being played by the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens). This morning, I heard some player for one of the teams (clearly I wasn’t really paying attention) talking about his “game face.”
His comments got me thinking. Does an author have a “game face?”
I think we do. In fact, I think writing can be a lot like playing a sport.
Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way an athlete. The only time you’ll catch me running is when someone is chasing me. My idea of a balanced breakfast is coffee in one hand and a donut in the other.
However, I still see some similarities.
- Training. Athletes practice. Writers create that first draft.
- The drive. Athletes play, at least at first, because they love the game. Authors write because they love to write. They can’t not write.
- The regular season. Every sport has games or matches or races. Most of them are shown on ESPN. Otherwise, what would be the point of having a 24-hour sports channel? Authors have that second draft. And the third. Granted, our “regular season” isn’t out in public, but it’s there.
- The Championship. I’ve already admitted that I’m not a big sports nut, however, I can’t think of one sport that doesn’t have some kind of championship competition. The Super Bowl. The NBA Finals. The World Series. Authors have awards. Best seller lists. Book club picks.
- The fans. Every team has it’s die-hard fans. The ones who don’t miss a game and can spout every statistic there ever was. According to just about all the sports interviews I’ve ever seen (or heard) athletes say the fans make it worthwhile. The same can be said for writers. As an author, I love it when someone tells me they loved my book. Or asks when the next one will be out. (Currently, it’s in the “regular season” phase.) Even though I write because I love it, the fans are an awesome added bonus!
Baseball great Yogi Berra once said, “Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.” Personally, I think the same can be said for writing!