What do two immortal baseball players have to do with writing? In the case of Satchel Paige, a perennial star of the Negro Leagues, the oldest rookie to play in the major leagues and an all-star well into his forties, it’s his famous saying:
“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”
Apply that to writing, and you get:
Keep putting words on paper without looking back at what you've written.That leads to future first ballot Hall-of-Famer, Mariano Rivera. It’s not what he says that makes him a writing rock star; it’s what he used to do.
He was a finisher.
For writers, this means:
Finish what you’re writing before you start editing.How many times have you written the first few sentences, then lost all momentum by going back to review what you’ve written?
Editing something you haven’t finished not only wastes time, it derails your train of thought and could sap your writing confidence. By looking back at your incomplete piece, you’re letting all those negative “not-good-enough” thoughts gain on you.
8 steps to becoming a writing closer:
Mark Bellusci is an award-winning filmmaker, published playwright and freelance copywriter. He writes in twenty-five-minute bursts, using his phone timer and never looking back till the first draft is finished. See his stuff at markbellusci.com/video and markbellusci.com.