“It’s supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it.” – Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) in A League of Their Own
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…