I never met a writer who had never been rejected unless he or she had never submitted a piece of work. Submission means the risk of failure and sometimes, perhaps most of the time, and failure happens. I learned early on in my writing endeavors not everyone believes my prose needs to be enjoyed by the entire world. Unthinkable but true.
Last night I had the joy of watching my daughter's high school softball game. It was the first game in their conference playoffs. My daughter was the designated hitter for this game, batting in the fifth slot. Her first time up she hit a grounder and one of our base runners interfered with the fielder and made the last out of the inning. The next time she was up she popped out. Third time up she struck out for only the second time all year. At the end of regulation, seven innings, the game was tied 2-2. The skies had opened up as they seem to do nearly everyday and it was raining pretty good. We were the visiting team and batting in the 8th. Our first two batters got on base with walks and then moved to second and third on a wild pitch. The other team walked our number four hitter to load the bases and set up the double play bringing my daughter to the plate.
Now to delve into my monthly sports/writing analogy. My daughter was without a hit, the game was on the line and there was no tomorrow(though there is next year). The pressure was on. I had seen my daughter's frustration in her previous at bats. But she stepped into the box and got ready to hit. She hit a long fly ball, our runner on third tagged up and scored. We won the game, 3-2.
It's easy to give up after a few failures. Failure can strip us of our confidence. But no one bats a thousand. No one gets a hit every time. But if we stay in the game and keep trying, there's always the chance we'll get 'em next time. Work hard, practice and one day the game winner will be ours. If we keep failing, we need to work on our game, improve our skills and seek some coaching. Then we step up to the plate and take another swing at it.
Hopefully you all don't mind sports analogies but at our house, we're either reading or playing sports. I can't help myself putting them together.
Have you had some winning hits lately to make up for the strike outs?