“It’s supposed to be hard.”

I love that movie. It has history and compassion and grit and humor. It’s as much about life as it is about baseball (my favorite sport).

And its lessons can be applied as easily to writing as to playing first base or catcher:

  • “It’s supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it.” While most people have stories in them and express themselves well, few have the stamina and talent to turn those tales into something on the printed page.
  • “There’s no crying in baseball.” Or in writing. I do it anyway, sometimes. But in the long run, crying does no good – I go back to the drawing board and try again.
  • “Baseball is what gets inside you. It’s what lights you up, you can’t deny that.” Writing too. And when the lights are on, EVERYBODY’s home.
  • “Come on now, one foot in front of the other, see?” (Ernie Capadino – played by Jon Lovitz) Well, Ernie may have been sarcastically directing the new recruits onto a train, but he could easily have been talking to a writer. One letter after another, see?

While it isn’t true that “if you write it, they will read” (oops, that’s a different baseball movie anyway), if you don’t write it, nobody will ever know…


About Lori Hart Beninger

Lori Hart Beninger is a native California writer with three critically acclaimed historical novels (Embracing the Elephant, A Veil of Fog and Flames, and A Peculiar Peace) that follow two 19th century young adults as they struggle with survival and acceptance in the pivotal era of the California Gold Rush up to the American Civil War. Please visit www.ontrackpublishing.com for synopses, availability, reviews, and more.
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