“Sure,” you may think. “They’re a good team. It’s easy to be a fan when a team is good.”
I don’t disagree, but I have been a fan for, well, let’s just say more than “several” decades and leave it at that, shall we?
In all those years, I have seen versions of the Rangers come oh, so close to winning the Stanley Cup and falling short, like a quest for the Holy Grail. I got to witness them finally raising the Cup, something I honestly never thought I’d live to see. I’ve also seen iterations of the Rangers who skated like they couldn’t defeat a Pee Wee hockey team.
No matter what, I’ve stuck with them through thick and thin, through elation and despair, through admiration and frustration. Chicago Cubs fans — and fans of any professional sports team in Buffalo, New York — can empathize. You don’t ditch your team because they aren’t winning big.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if writers had supporters like that — people who stick with us through the peaks and the valleys? Don’t we writers need someone to build us up when things get rough? Wouldn’t it be nice to have encouragement when we’re struggling under the load of writer’s block? Where’s our cheering section?
Guess what! We can build our own legion of support. All we have to do is reach out. We can tap into friends. We can build a good relationship with our editor. We can connect with other writers through writing groups and events.
I’m off to just such an event this weekend. The Rock Hill Chapter of the South Carolina Writers Workshop is holding its Writers’ Intensive. While there, I’ll probably become part of the fan base of one or more writers. Maybe I’ll pick up a few fans of my own, people who really understand what writing is like.
So why not take some time to connect with the “outside” world and pick up a few fans of your own? Someday you might be sitting at your computer stumped and hear in your head some organ chords and the multitudes chant, “Let’s go, Wri-ter!”