If Authors Were Revered Like Professional Athletes

Welcome to #MFRW author’s 52-week blog hop! This week’s topic, My Biggest Dream in Life, came easy for me. I don’t only imagine living this dream for myself, but also for my children. The small town I’ve grown up in, and probably many towns, is very sports focused. If you talk to anyone and the subject veers to children, one of the first questions is ultimately…

“So what sports are your kids in?”

I’ll be the first to say that exercise is a good, positive thing for kids and reading, booksadults. Hello- backaches! I am a writer, thus I spend much of my time with my “butt in the chair.”) Back in the day, my girls participated and tried just about every sport. Now I’d probably say their most popular sport might be called:

  • Marathon reading
  • The ten-book dash
  • Keyboarding
  • NaNoWri Participant (National Novel Writing Month)
  • Swimming in Stories
  • Wanna-be Writers
  • Aspiring Authors

Authors Don’t Fall Far From the Tree

When my girls first got bitten by the reading bug I couldn’t be more excited. To share the books I loved and discuss characters from stories together was like a dream come true.

Then #MFRW, reading, authorwhen they repeatedly requested a trip to Barnes & Noble to spend their report card money my heart may have grown three times in size.

When they displayed an interest, and talent, for writing I couldn’t be happier.

What? An Author? 

But when I respond to the “sports” question that my girls are avid readers, and that they both love to write, one so much that she has written novel-length fiction I get the blank stare. Or they repeat the question, “So aren’t they in sports?” 

I believe part of the sports driven mindset is the dream of raising the next professional athlete, or sports star. This dream may be even authorsmore far fetched than becoming rich from writing novels, yet it is eagerly embraced. While I feel most kids who verbalize the dream of making a living as an author are looked at with a raised brow, or told to pursue it as a hobby. The same things that kept me from pursuing my passion for so many years. 

So what is my biggest dream in life?

MFRW biggest dream in lifeThus my dream would be for authors to receive the same, if not more, admiration and encouragement as professional athletes. It takes a certain skill, ingrained talent, and a honing of one’s craft to write well. A talent I’d love to see paid well for the product provided.

As a result, I can encourage my children to chase that dream as a career, and pour their passion onto the page.

For don’t we all receive priceless entertainment and joy from escaping into a good story? I know I do.

But what would we do if our favorite #authors chose to put down their pen and choose another path?… Click To Tweet

Therefore, where would we be without our cherished characters and stories? They have enriched our lives and allowed us to travel the world without leaving our couch. 

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20 thoughts on “If Authors Were Revered Like Professional Athletes”

  1. Sherry LewisSherry Lewis

    What WOULD we do if our favorite authors put down the pen? I shudder to think!

    • Sherry LewisSherry Lewis

      Well apparently I did something wrong in entering my website address. Hmmm.

  2. Shari ElderShari Elder

    I think the ones who reach celebrity level do–Rowlings, King, etc.. but for the rest of us… Fun post.

  3. Meka JamesMeka James

    I’m so jealous your children like to read. For a while my daughter got into it, but the love of reading didn’t last. My boys…forget about it. 🙁 However I am seeing hope in my youngest. Of the 3 boys, he’s the one that will read for fun outside of required reading for homework. The oldest boy…all hope is lost. 🙁

    I agree too much importance is given to professional athletes. My kids do play, but more for learning social/team working skills. Not because I’m hoping to raise the next star. We let them decide if they want to play and which sport. The youngest doesn’t play anything, he tried and didn’t like anything so now he does TaeKwon Do and loves it. (have to keep them active)

  4. Marissa GarnerMarissa Garner

    You should definitely cherish your daughters’ love of reading. Too many of their generation are consumed with video games and cell phones, not even sports. If it doesn’t have a screen, flashing lights, and noise, it’s not entertaining. Have you noticed how even baby toys have changed? Everything has lights and noise. The art of creating scenes in one’s mind from reading silent, black and white words may be disappearing. What a loss and so sad for authors. Sorry to be Debbie Downer…

  5. Mary J. McCoy-DresselMary J. McCoy-Dressel

    It truly is awesome that your children like to read. One of my boys didn’t enjoy reading fiction until he became an adult, and he writes poetry and wants to write fiction one day. The other might read a non-fiction article of interest or a car or bike manual. Those who don’t read or write don’t understand what we readers and writers get out of it. This is a fantastic post, Maureen. I enjoyed hearing about your dreams.

  6. Linda McLaughlinLinda McLaughlin

    Great post, Maureen. I share your dream and I agree that too much is made about athletics. Of course, that’s easy for me to say since I was the biggest klutz in school. I did love to read though.

  7. Alicia ColemanAlicia Coleman

    That’s great that your girls love to read. It was touch and go for a while, but my son loves to read and I’m thankful for that. He did play football in high school, though.

  8. Ed HoornaertEd Hoornaert

    It’s so cool that you can share your bookish dreams with your girls.`Sometimes, you know, apples do fall far from the tree. None of my four are readers, and none of them are musicians either. Too bad, because I’m both … but then, my dreams have been totally different than my parents, who probably just wanted to survive and make a better life after crossing the pond as war refugees.

  9. Robin MichaelaRobin Michaela

    I can’t imagine not being a reader. I always have a book or my kindle with me and I’m glad my kids inherited the reading bug. Your dream to have writing be as revered as sports is an admirable one. Maybe…one day…!

  10. JunetaJuneta

    I do feel that way about several of my fave authors I have followed for years. Hey, I even got to chat with one of my long time faves thru email just because I sent her contact thru her site telling how much I enjoyed her over the years. She commented on my blog too. That was awesome. It was like being acknowledged by a movie star for me.

  11. Kenzie MichaelsKenzie Michaels

    AMEN! My kids loved reading until the 2nd or 3rd grade, when AR points were required. Harry Potter caused my oldest to be ‘rebitten’, and the Lightening Thief did the same for my daughter. However, the youngest prefers movies.

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