What do writing and baseball have in common? Quite a bit, actually. From how to hit a home run to covering all your bases, the similarities are uncanny. We even play by some of the same rules. Don’t believe me? Consider this list of baseball basics applied to the online writing game. Then, it’s game on, whatever ball park you play in.
If you don’t like the rules….
If you don’t like the rules, find another ball park to play in. Or not. Online writers need to understand that the venues they write for aren’t there to cater to their every whim. They are there to make a profit, not to make you happy. You are not their employee if you freelance. Nevertheless, if you want your work to be accepted by them, you have to give them what they want. Otherwise, you’ll have to write somewhere else. That’s true, no matter who you write for.
Cover all your bases.
There are a great multitude of bases to be covered in online writing. A lot more than the three in baseball. Still, they do have to be watched carefully. So, don’t just write and be done with it. You should be constantly improving your work, promoting it, networking, reading the work of others, bragging up the venues you write for, taking classes, etc., etc., etc. You know what your bases are. Now cover them.
You’ll never hit a home run if….
Do you have online writer friends who are constantly complaining about their success rate on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks? Maybe they should be working instead. After all, how do they expect to hit a home run if they never get up to bat? Many new online writers get into the game because they feel it will be a walk in the park. Contrarily, online writing is just like any other job. Hard work produces the best results.
Practice is mandatory.
Oh my goodness. I recently went back through my writing content and did some severe edits. Why? Well, because practice makes perfect. What? You see, when I first started writing, I hadn’t had much practice. Those articles were pretty rough. Batting practice produces better batters. Writing practice produces better writers. The more you write, the better you become, hence, the more money you make. You can never practice enough in baseball or in writing.
I could go on.
I’m sure you could think up your own similarities between writing and baseball. You are a writer, after all. Words are your game. So, play by the rules, step up to the plate, make sure your bases are covered and practice hard to make the team. Above all, remember, every good player knows that there’s always room for improvement.
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