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Why writing a book is like opening day of baseball season

April 1, 2013

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I love baseball, and I never get tired of the opening day of the Major League Baseball season, which begins today. Okay, there was a game last night, but that seemed more of a warm-up to opening day than anything else.

My team, the New York Mets, start their season today.

So what is it about opening day?

Opening day means new beginnings. It’s excitement about another season. Spring arrives almost simultaneously. The days are getting warmer, and its a great time to go outside and shrug off the chill of winter. You just know it’s time to start playing the summer game again.

Everything starts anew on opening day. All the teams are 0-0. Every team has a chance. It’s hope, optimism.

Opening Day is a lot like beginning a book. You want to get off to a good start. You’re excited about the prospect of a new season. And when you’re excited, the chances are that much better you will have that needed push, that bit of momentum for making positive things happen.

There are 162 games in a Major League Baseball season. The season isn’t finished in one day. Nor is a book. Just as you sit each day before the computer or writing pad and spill out words, a baseball season consists of games played out over time.

A baseball season runs roughly from early April to late September. Start a book on opening day, and you can have a first draft done before your team finishes its April schedule in first place. By June, when your ball club is already well ahead of the rest of the teams, you can have it polished and edited and ready to publish.

The days are warmer now. Take a breath. Then, start another book by the end of June and have a second book done before your team is in the playoffs in October.

Pretty cool huh?

Opening day is a great time to get started on that book. Don’t you think?

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