What do two immortal baseball players have to do with writing? In the case of Satchel Paige, a perennial star of the Negro Leagues, the oldest rookie to play in the major leagues and an all-star well into his forties, it’s his famous saying:
Apply that to writing, and you get:
That leads to future first ballot Hall-of-Famer, Mariano Rivera. It’s not what he says that makes him a writing rock star; it’s what he used to do.
He was a finisher. For writers, this means:
How many times have you written the first few sentences, then lost all momentum by going back to review what you’ve written?
Editing something you haven’t finished not only wastes time, it derails your train of thought and could sap your writing confidence. By looking back at your incomplete piece, you’re letting all those negative “not-good-enough” thoughts gain on you.