Sunday, August 5, 2012

Being a champion

Over the years, I've become a fan of cycling.  The premier event in this sport  is the Tour de France, and its a grueling month long athletic event that have the cyclists performing in a wide arrange of circumstances, from tightly grouped time trials, to solo time trials, to sprints, to mountain stages that are so difficult that they lose half the field.

As champions emerge, the announcer usually reveal the steps that got them to this level of successs.  Some riders were mountain bikers, who have mastered the skill of the dangerous descent, others were  olympic medalists on the track, and can really push themselves whe they have an open road in front of them.  Many of them have won one-day tours, the most populare being spring classis, like my favorute, which is the Paris-Roubax - full of cobblestones !

Rarely, does any of the top cyclists ever come out and compete for the first time in the tour.  They have steadily built themselves, mastering the finer elements of their sport, and surely, making many mistakes before they learned how to do things better.

I don't think writing is much different than this.  If you look at novels that have been successful, and you read the authors bio, they have usually been at it awhile.  Writing short stories that get rejected, write the first 1, 2, even 3 or 4 novels, that the author even admits, were  "shitty".  But then, it all comes together -- the championship moment where  everything clicks in just right.

No comments:

Post a Comment