Saturday, April 2, 2011
"B" Is For Big Blue
Longtime readers know I am a hardcore fan of the Kentucky Wildcats. I spent eight years growing up in Louisville, KY. During that time, the Cats played in three consecutive championship games (1996-1998) and brought home two NCAA titles.
Tonight, we return to the final four for the first time in thirteen years. It's a good day to bleed blue!
I recently shared why this team is so important to me. Our relationship goes beyond winning, performance, or the game itself. And, since publishing that post, I've learned writers and athletes have more in common than I previously realized.
Successful athletes consistently train and practice to improve a set of skills. Each loss develops into a learning experience, unlocking opportunities to learn and grow. Just as athletes demonstrate perseverance and resiliency in their game, writers must apply these traits on the page.
Although the specific "drills" of writing differ from athletics, the concept is the same. By writing AND reading regularly, we enhance our skills, learn techniques, and hone our craft. I believe a successful writer cares for the mind, body, and spirit equally. By nurturing all three components, we throw our complete selves into our work, thereby developing a final product reflecting our best effort.
How do you "train" as a writer? What drills ensure a well-rounded workout?
Addendum: It turns out, "B" is also for BUFFOONS! Did Rutgers University REALLY pay Snooki $32K to speak to students? And will these students one day be responsible for crucial decisions involving my well-being? YIKES! C'mon, higher education!!
Posted by Paul Joseph