Have you been watching the Olympics? It's inspiring, isn't it? It occurred to me that the Olympics and writing have a lot in common, so I decided to compare writing and preparing for the Olympics. Here goes...
It is your calling. It starts with a dream (idea). For years you
practice (study) to be an _____*insert sport*(writer). It takes thousands
and thousands of hours of practice (words) to develop your talent.
The day comes when you are ready to try out for the team (submit your
work). All those years of hard work (writing) come down to one event.
You get accepted or rejected. If you are one of the lucky ones who makes
the team (gets accepted), the hard work continues.
You now spend thousands of hours practicing (rewriting). Your new
goal is to win a medal (sell your book). It is the ultimate prize for
all of those years of practice (writing). If you do win the gold medal
(make the best seller list) you may end up on a Wheaties box (with a
movie based on your book)! But seeing that book on the shelf (your name on the team roster) is the most wonderful feeling in the world.