Writing as surfing….

surfing

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I’m always interested in the metaphors and analogies writers make with their practice and other activities. They can be surprising, or revealing; at times they have comforted and enlightened me, helping me understand through comparison this often strange or mysterious thing that we do. So I’m grateful to my friend the poet Chris Kinsey for sharing this with me, taken from an interview in The Guardian  and hope you may enjoy this, too:

A few weeks ago, trying to explain why the book he should have been talking about in front of a genteel audience in Windsor never happened, Tim Winton reached, apologetically, for a surfing metaphor. “Writing a book is a bit like surfing,” he said. “Most of the time you’re waiting. And it’s quite pleasant, sitting in the water waiting. But you are expecting that the result of a storm over the horizon, in another time zone, usually, days old, will radiate out in the form of waves. And eventually, when they show up, you turn around and ride that energy to the shore. It’s a lovely thing, feeling that momentum. If you’re lucky, it’s also about grace. As a writer, you roll up to the desk every day, and then you sit there, waiting, in the hope that something will come over the horizon. And then you turn around and ride it, in the form of a story.”

Just going up to my study, hoping to catch a few waves…

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