Monday, November 06, 2006
Finding the Rhythm
8 am and 79 degrees. Cloudy. Muggy. Hot.
Veritas may lose the nick name Baby Horse. He is coming along nicely. A pleasure to ride.
It occurred to me how much Horses are like writing.
Paul Theroux jokes that I get writing lessons for riding lessons (you have to say this out loud to get it). But it is true.
Sunday afternoon we talked about my editing and his heels down.
We talked about how to proceed line by line and about closing his fingers.
It's all in the details.
How to keep your vision of what your book is about.
Have a picture in your head of how you want your horse to look like.
He also said I was lucky to have an agent who understands plotting and how to make a book the best it can be.
We all need suggestions, support and succor.
Like a horse.
No matter who you are.
Just like riding.
Just like what my horse needs.
You have to find his rhythm. The right way to approach a problem.
The rhythm of riding and the rhythm of writing.
How alike it all is.