Monday, December 17, 2012

Writers Wipeout

Have any of you ever watched WIPEOUT? It's hilarious!
My husband was watching it while I was folding laundry and the final contestants were going through the big obstacle course.  

Man, those guys get the crap beat out of them! 

Anyway... I couldn't help but relate it to the road a writer takes to getting published. It is NOT easy! We work our guts out for every bit of ground we gain. And sometimes one obstacle is really simple for one person to get through while another struggles with it. Every person has different parts that seem easy for them and other parts that kick their butt. It's different for everyone.

But what's important is that we're brave enough to GO FOR IT! And the victory dance at the finish line makes it all worth while!

Have you found inspiration in an unusual place?

27 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I had an answer for the this the other day, but I've forgotten what it is. I guess for me it's my son. He was born 13 weeks premature, but he survived. If he can survive that, then I can survive the frustrations that come with writing and the pursuit of publication.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Wouldn't the submission process be awesome if it was like actual Wipeout?? You'd have so much fun getting rejected.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I find inspiration in the tortoises - slow and steady usually "wins" the race, just like with writing. :)

Kyra Lennon said...

I guess it depends what you call "unusual" lol! I got inspired at a concert, and whenever I see a good-looking man! :p

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I enjoy Wipeout! Something about watching ungraceful people being knocked into water.

Suzi said...

I haven't even heard of Wipeout. I'll have to check it out.

I get inspiration from songs many times. Yet, I'm not one who does the soundtracks for my WIPs. Usually it's just one song that attaches itself, or gives me a seed of an idea.

Jenny S. Morris said...

Haha, that show is funny. And I totally feel like that sometimes. Uh, I get inspiration from many places. But mostly from my fellow writers. We're a tough bunch.

Samantha May said...

I LOVE Wipeout! Watch it every week, though I don't think the writer's journey is quite as violent (I hope).

Tara Tyler said...

hate that show. it screams desperation to me for some reason. it also seems futile, impossible to win...ah well. i have a hard time watching people embarrass themselves. i guess writing & submitting queries can be similarly desperate & disappointing...and we keep trying!

Cindy Keen Reynders said...

Because my ex husband called me a dumb bi#@& and said I would never make it as a writer, I write my heart out with each penstroke. Each book I sell is just another nail on his coffin full of lies. He inspires me in a weird way, and now I know that he's the dumb bi#@&! Justice has been served.

Morgan said...

Oh my gosh... I LOVE Wipeout! LOL. Leigh, seriously, why is that show so entertaining???

But great analogy. We really do get beat up... but you're right--what's important is that we keep going. That we keep trying. It's a brutal process, but people like YOU make it so much easier.

(I love Leigh posts!)

Trisha said...

I wonder if the Wipeout you're talking about is the same one I used to watch as a kid... Wait, no, I think that was "it's a wipeout". :)

Carrie Butler said...

Now I can't stop picturing us all on Wipeout. How fun would that be? LOL

Sheena-kay Graham said...

That is a great comparison Leigh. And I saw in my email inbox for facebook that today is your birthday. Happy Birthday Leigh!!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Love this. And while our bruises may be less visible, they're just as real.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

My kids. Every time I tell them if they want something, they have to work for it, I can't help but think...hey mom, take your own advice!

Cherie Reich said...

Wipeout is such a fun show to watch! Writing definitely is a lot like that.

Patricia T. said...

No way would I pariticpate. But, you comparison to writing is spot on!

Emily R. King said...

My son loves that show. He giggles through the whole thing.

I know exactly what you mean, Leigh. Sometimes you just have to go for it, even if you think you're going to face-plant it.

I look forward to seeing you next week!

Cassie Mae said...

My son always wants to watch Wipeout, lol. Then he goes and plays it downstairs with all the cushions on the couch.

You're so right! I think I've hit the water a million times already ;)

Laura Marcella said...

LoL, that is so true!! Any kind of athletic event, sport, game, activity, etc. inspires me, especially the Olympics and Paralympics. They work hard, fall down, get back up, work harder, and succeed. Writers can learn from that level of dedication and tenacity!

Kristin Baker said...

Wipeout's one of the only shows that really gets my kids to plant their butts in front of the TV with their full attention. And I always say, if I had an obstacle course like that in my backyard, I'd be so in shape - or dead. :B

The whole wipeout aspect to trying to get published is so true, which is why I'm taking the reins more than I did a few years ago. I'm focusing on small publishers, or even self-pubbing. I'm on the fence about agents now.

Talli Roland said...

Hm, interesting question! I can't think of anything specifically, but compared to many of the hardships facing people these days, I guess getting published is on the minimal side...

Kaylee Baldwin said...

LOL. My husband loves wipeout and wishes we lived in Cali so he could go on the show. I'm a chicken and would never, ever do most of the things they do.

I find inspiration in overheard conversations, in thinking "What if" and in the mornings when it is really quiet (before the kids get up, and then it is never quiet again!) and peaceful and I can just think.

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michelle said...

Great analogy Leigh!
Seems like the main ingredient in Wipeout is staying power... to hang in there, despite the odds being stacked against you (in lots of cases), which is not unlike the writing journey...
I wish you a happy, peaceful and prosperous new year!

Adeeva Afsheen said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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