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Friday, January 8, 2010

Writers are in the "No" Game. Good Advice From the Sporting World

Take it to heart. (Hat tip to Kevin)

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By Jason Boog on Jan 07, 2010 02:23 PM

As the NFL playoffs loom this weekend, sports writers around the country are dusting off metaphors and polishing their action verbs.

Today's guest on the Morning Media Menu was Matthew Shepatin, the sportswriter and author of the new book, "Madden Said to Summerall...The Best NFL Stories Ever Told." We discussed sportswriting, upcoming football games, and the stories behind the NFL playoff games this weekend.

Here is Shepatin's advice for aspiring sports book writers:
"I encourage anyone to get into sports writing and the publishing world. It's one of the things I hated when I was younger. People would tell me, 'You know what your chances are?' No matter what you pick in life, it's tough. So why not pick something you love? ... It takes a lot of patience and determination. Just like a football player. If it's a passion of yours, don't be discouraged by what other people tell you."

2 comments:

Jim Schmidt said...

Ted - another great post today and a very good bit of advice (and inspiration) as well from Mr. Shepatin. The flip side of that, of course, is hearing people say "I should write a book" even though they've never written a page...just as silly as saying "I should play pro football" even though they've never carried a ball. Patience and determination, indeed. Jim

Anonymous said...

"So I go on again with fresh courage. I think I shall succeed because I want to write!"
Anne Frank

Kind of says it all first draft.