Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Football and Writing
New goals, new foes, a new roof on the Metrodome.
I love the beginning of the season, where everything is possible, nothing has gone wrong yet. We're not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. :) Then we start playing, and the season has ups and downs, touchdowns and interceptions, blitzes and sacks, missed field goals and game winning drives. Thrilling, heartbreaking, exciting and exasperating. There are times when I'm sure the players would like to give up and walk away, away from the pain, the hits, the injuries, the press, the fans. But they don't. Because they are football players. In spite of adversity, they are doing the job they love.
It's not unlike when I start a new novel. It's all new, it's all possible, and it still looks perfect in my head. Then I start writing and things don't go onto the page quite the way I had it planned in my outline. The words don't come, the opponents are stronger than I thought, the schedule tougher. I find myself bogged in the middle of the 'Black and Blue' division. There are times when I want to walk away from the mess I'm creating, away from uncooperative characters, recalcitrant plots, bad reviews.
But I don't. I persevere, because I am a writer. In spite of the ups an downs, the adversity, the struggle, I'm doing the job I love.
Just as the football season is long and calls for commitment, writing a novel takes place over a long time and calls for commitment. When the going gets tough...well, you know. :)
Are you up for the new season? If so, put on your eye black, lace up those cleats, and grab your helmet. Let's head into the fray together, and when things get tough, we won't quit.