Why Being A Writer Is Better Than Being An Olympian

February 16, 2010

We have been watching The Olympics non-stop! I can’t get enough! It doesn’t even matter what event it is, or if I don’t know any of the athletes. It’s just FUN and exciting. It also makes being a writer seem very easy in comparison.

Reasons that being a writer is better than being an Olympian:

1. You can be warm while writing books. In fact, I would suggest a nice pair of cozy yoga pants and some comfy socks. Maybe even a space heater. And I guess, if you absolutely must, you could wear one of these:

BUT ONLY IF YOU MUST, because honestly they are pretty dorky.

2. You don’t have to worry about staying skinny so that you can be hoisted over someone’s head. Have you seen those figure skaters?! They are tiny and petite and their partners hoist them up like they are feathers! With one hand sometimes even! That’s crazy! Luckily, if you are a writer, no one really wants to pick you up and twirl you around. At least, I’ve never encountered it. So feel free to eat these:

(But not too many. You don’t want to scream when you get your author photos done.)

3. You have more than one chance to go after your dream. At the Olympics, your chance might come down to ONE MOMENT. One moment that comes around EVERY FOUR YEARS. What if you get nervous and slip? What if you feel sick that day? With writing, you can just write another book, or revise the one you have. In the Olympics there is no such thing as revision! *SCREAM*

4. In writing, you are only competing with yourself
. This is good for lots of reasons. It means there are enough dreams to go around for everyone! If you sell your book, it doesn’t mean that your friend can’t! Yay! *throws sparkles*

5. Writing doesn’t have TV cameras
.   Yes, rejections hurt. You might scream and cry and maybe even swear. But you won’t have to do it with THE ENTIRE WORLD WATCHING. You will not have a big camera in your face, taunting you. You can cry in private.

Of course, the reason I probably like watching The Olympics so much is That Moment. You know the one I’m talking about. The moment where everything you’ve worked for comes together, and you’ve got that medal or book deal or agent request or new galley. The moment that you’ve been working toward, waiting for, hoping for…the moment that makes it all worth it. No matter what your dream.

More later,

Posted by Lauren @ 8:27 am  

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  1. Bev Katz Rosenbaum says:

    Ha–all so true! Fun post!

  2. Christina says:

    The second and third reason made me laugh, however, the last paragraph was very inspiring. 🙂

  3. thmafi says:

    oh this was too cute. thanks for that 🙂

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