Baseball & Writing: Striving for the Home Run Hit

My son pitched five shut-out innings during his last little league tournament game this week – the first tournament he competed in.  A stellar performance on his part but his team lost, 2 to 1 in the final inning.  The stakes were high -“Win or go home.”   The loss resulted in his team packing up their gear.  The team’s hopes of being district champs were lost.

Writing is very similar.  I often compare my writing experience to my son’s participation in baseball.  “Keep at it and you can only get better.”  He gives me those looks Moms of any preteen child are familiar with – “Are you kidding??!”.

The LAST thing he wants to hear from me is a critique of his performance.  But constructive criticism is key to improving.

I receive constructive criticism all the time – especially when I read reviews on Amazon or Goodreads for my debut novel, Run Like Hell.   And yes, I’ve read them ALL.  Every time I see a new review posted I hold my breath.  It’s scary – I admit.  I could get totally bashed (it’s happened!) or come out smelling like roses with a 5-star review.  Either way, I take into account what the reviewer has said and make a conscious effort to do better the next time.

My son’s tournament is over, but soon he’ll be on the pitching mound for Fall Ball in August and back at bat.  He’s young, and has many more seasons of baseball ahead of him.  And many more tournaments to play!  This recent loss isn’t the end of his baseball path.

Run Like Hell was my first “tournament” – my best effort written in 2011.  I’m still writing and hope to have another book out in a few months, as well as a novella before the end of the year.  Anything less than a 5-star or 4-star review won’t discourage me from continuing on this written path I’ve taken.

For writing – as well as baseball – practice and perseverance can only get us that much closer to a home run hit!






About Elena Andrews

In between writing, Elena is busy tweeting, texting, and blogging. Candy makes her happy. She enjoys reading, drinking skim lattes and being outdoors. She is currently working on several YA projects and has a comic adaptation of RUN LIKE HELL, released in 2013.

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4 Responses to Baseball & Writing: Striving for the Home Run Hit

  1. Gregory July 14, 2012 at 2:11 am #

    I have anxiety attacks every time I see that a new review has been posted for my work. It’s the most stressful thing in the world for a writer. Thankfully most of them have been kind but there are always the usual suspects trolling to give zeroes just for the heck of it.

    • Elena Andrews July 16, 2012 at 2:07 am #

      Thanks Gregory – yes, reviews are anxiety ridden but part of the business…but let’s continue to stay positive despite the “usual suspects” 🙂

  2. Sarah July 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    Oh my God I get so nervous when a new review comes in for my book. I don’t imagine it’s anything like a pitcher having to face down batters in front of a huge crown when he’s just a little kid though. Good luck in baseball and with those positive reviews!

    • Elena Andrews July 16, 2012 at 2:02 am #

      Sara, reviews are nail biters! I have to read them though – I read about people NOT reading their reviews because it can distract them – or break their momentum…My son amazes me how composed he is on the pitching mound. Most impressive. We all have to learn to be strong and confident and overlook negativity to remain focused on the game or writing.

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