Writing is like surfing: You can’t catch a wave if you’re not in the water

I was much safer sleeping on the beach but, hey - I would have missed this awesome wave.

Finding inspiration as a writer is kind of like finding that perfect wave as a surfer.

I’m a terrible surfer but I like to get out in the waves every so often. Frankly, it can be a little threatening to be floating on a surfboard in the break, watching the waves approach. You can get crushed pretty easily if you aren’t careful. If I’m lucky, I’ll be in the right place at the right time to lock into a wave and have a glorious ride. Sometimes, that doesn’t happen and all I do is watch waves or wipe out for an hour or two.

If you wait to see the perfect wave before putting on your wetsuit, you’ll miss it. You have to be immersed in the ocean and paying attention. You also have to know a few basic skills to be able to paddle into the curl, catch the momentum and stand up. If you are controlled by your fear of sharks, humiliation, or getting hurt, you won’t go where you need to go to catch the wave.

If it feels like too much of a hassle to get your gear together and drive to the beach, you might miss an epic day. If, however, you go out every morning and enter the sea, paying attention and working on your skills, eventually a great wave will come and you will be ready to catch that magnificent energy and ride it to shore.

In between the awesome waves, the time you spend paddling in the water and wiping out will keep you strong, tan and healthy, even when the conditions are terrible, or you feel clumsy and uninspired.

Hang ten fingers on the keyboard and ride!

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About David Arnot Rasch

Author, psychologist, speaker, workshop leader
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