Unless you are a baseball fan, you might not know that he is a talented pitcher for the Texas Rangers.
“Okay, then what does the game of baseball have to do with writing? What can a writer learn from a baseball player?”
Well, it all began this way…
On Tuesday evening, I was sitting alone in a quiet house, having accomplished my writing goals for the day. I had edited and revised a short piece, scheduled a blog post, and had a few ideas swirling around my head for a short story I’m writing. I planned to spend an hour or so reading.
About that time, my husband called to tell me that Yu had pitched seven perfect innings. Thinking I might see history in the making, I turned on Fox Southwest to watch the end of the game.
Eight innings—three batters up, three batters out.
Nine innings—two batters, two pitches, two outs. Only one batter left… Then a base hit. The chance for a perfect game was gone with one swing of the bat.
Many players would have been understandably upset—some even to the point of wanting to quit. Not Yu. He merely smiled and shrugged it off—content with the fact his team won the game. That game is over, but there will be others. He isn’t choosing to dwell on the past, but looks to the future. He knows other chances will come.
In writing, we have setbacks. Sometimes we will come close to achieving a goal only to fall short. Publishers may will reject our articles and manuscripts. A blog post may not generate as much traffic as we had hoped. Some will disagree with and/or be critical of our writing.
Should we be mad and upset? No, we should be more like Yu. While our writing will never be perfect, but we keep writing, keep submitting, and look to the future. Other chances will come.