Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question.
This week's question
What kind of writing coach do you need? When you have to coach friends, what kind of coach are you?
I need a coach like my friend Maddog. Coach Maddog was the coach of the kickball team I played on a a few years ago.
Here's the thing about kickball. I thought it would be easy. I thought I'd go to games, hang out with my friends, maybe kick the ball a few times. Kickball was hard. You see there's a rule about how many girls have to be on the field to make up a team.
Maddog was organized with lists of who would play and what position. And she made me play. A lot.
Some things about coach Maddog
She doesn't put up with whiners. You signed up, you're playing. Shut up and get out there.
She wants to win.
She cheered us on.
She's tough but fun.
I need a writing coach like Maddog. Someone who doesn't put up with whiners and someone who wants a win.
Sometimes I turn to the advice of Yogi Berra. I'm too young to remember Yogi as a coach but my grandparents had these busts of Yogi and Casey Stengal at their house. I was sort of obsessed with Yogi. I'd dress him up and make him part of my games.
You better write. Right now.
I love Yogi's sayings. I love his book What Time is it? You Mean Now? It is an advice book set up alphabet style. It's all about hard work and dedication. Not being a whiner and being grateful for what you have.
My current favorite coach is Ron Gardenhire, the coach of the Minnesota Twins.
Gardy is no nonsense. He gets along with his players. He gets us to the playoffs, well except for this year but that's OK we'll get em next year.
I also love my writing group. I feel like these girls are encouraging and we all push each other by working and setting goals. I love the encouragement I get from these girls