I’ve been a singer much longer than I’ve been a writer. In fact, I was singing before I learned to read or write. My mom has a tape recording of me singing when I was three years old. During the recording, I stopped singing and yelled, “Hey, Mama, what’s the next part of that song?” So now, it’s a running joke in my family to ask what the next part of the song is.
There’s also a great movie entitled Pitch Perfect. Of course, it has a lot of singing and I think it’s Aca-awesome because it’s right up my Aca-alley. Also, Rebel Wilson is a riot.
Now that I’m a romance writer seeking publication, the term pitch has taken on a whole new meaning. A few weeks ago I posted on my blog about Learning to Pitch. I compiled the information I obtained from taking a couple of pitching classes and made a fun (for me) analogy to pitching baseballs.
I’ve been practicing my pitches because the Romance Writers of America National Convention is next week. I have one pitch prepared for an editor, in which I’m trying to sell a story. I have another pitch prepared for an agent, in which I’m trying to sell myself. (Not in the “oldest profession” sense but in the “I’m a talented writer” sense.)
I need a lot of practice because I tend to ramble if I don’t focus. I want my pitch to be perfect but that puts a lot of pressure on me. I love yoga and I’d been practicing for years before I heard an instructor say, “That’s why we call it yoga practice, not yoga perfect.”
When I recalled this piece of wisdom, it helped take the pressure off. If I start off perfect, there’s no room for improvement. I have to crawl before I can walk and then run. I have to practice mountain pose before I can progress to tree pose and then swaying tree pose.
Taking the focus away from perfection isn’t an excuse not to practice and be my best, but it is a way of reminding myself that I will get there, even if I don’t perform perfectly the first time. I’ll keep practicing because I want to put my best foot forward, even if it's during horizontal running.
What are you practicing these days? Getting your pitch perfect? Improving your craft? Your sport? Your body? Your life?