Friday, September 16, 2011

Surfing Crests and Troughs


Writing is not a rollercoaster in my experience. It's a surfing marathon. Sometimes you're riding high, shooting the curl, speeding along with an exhilarating rush. Great reviews and hot sales makes you feel like The Big Kahuna.

For some of you who were alive and at least semiconscious in the sixties: "HAHAHAHAHAHAHA WIPE OUT!" preceded banging tom tom drums and a twanging guitar. [Check it out here, young whippersnappers: Wipe Out ] As a writer, Wipe Out plays when that scene just won't work, everything you compose seems to be fetid fertilizer, and your marketing attempts are waterlogged and flat.

You have to be careful not to let your surfboard smack you in the head when you wipe out, and you have to be diligent as a writer not to obsess and dwell on down times. Everything and everyone has dormant and fallow seasons. Another wave will come along. Your decision is whether to wait for it in the water or kick back with the dudes and a Corona on the beach. 

So hang loose. Surf will up again soon. It's a good time to re-wax the board...


~Jude Johnson
 
 Author, Dragon & Hawk
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5 comments:

AstonWest said...

Good advice! Much needed at this time...

Big Mike said...

You are definitely a surfer girl, and yes I remember the sixties well. That was my introduction to amore.

BM

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Excellent metaphor use. Enjoy your writing, Jude.

Jude Johnson said...

Thanks everyone. Aston, pass me a Corona, would you? Big Mike, that sounds like an upcoming storyline--but watch out for sand crabs. ;-) And Julie, sometimes it's hard to enjoy struggling with a project but in the end it makes it worth the effort. I appreciate your encouragement.

~Jude
http://jude-johnson.com

TKToppin said...

Great advice!! I get wiped out on occasion (more like balled up in the metaphoric surf) and having a little 'chill' time certainly helps.