Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Writing and Football--Show Me the Money
Did anyone else watch the NFL draft? I had never watched it before because I don't have a lot of interest in pro football. I am a college fan, all the way. But I was interested this year because a hometown boy was going to make good and I wanted to see it. And he did; number eight in the first round. For those of you who don't know the significance of that, there were seven rounds, with two-hundred fifty-five picks in all. And that's not even all the college players who will go the NFL. I won't go into free agent negotiations because, as much as it may not seem so, this is not about football.
Suffice it to say that number eight wasn't too shabby—millions of dollars worth of not too shabby. He said he was going to buy his mother a big house with a pond. He's not going to have any trouble doing that; they are not going to have to compromise on the size of the pond. I am delighted for him. I am delighted for all of them. They have worked hard and pushed their bodies where bodies should not have to go. Among them are spoiled prima donnas, generous fine young men, Rhodes scholars, and those who need help getting out of the rain. Some will win Super Bowls and some will get broken their rookie season. But they will all be rich. Whether they stay rich is another matter. Some will; some won't.
Yet, it all started with the love of a game. No eight-year-old boy ever put a helmet on his head, walked out on a field, and thought, "I could get a 6 year, $74 million dollar contract." He thought, "I could win. And I love this."
I think it must be the same for writers. Some get rich; some make a living; some never make a dime. But does anyone ever sit down, put hands to keyboard, and think, "I could be Stephen King rich."? Maybe. It certainly is a nice thought. But I tend to think, at least in the beginning, most of us think, "Someone might want to buy my story. And I love this."
Of course, a movie deal would be very, very nice.
How about you? When you envision success, what do you think of first? A check? A book with your name on the cover? A website with thousands of hits every day?