The expression "It's just like getting back up on a bike" has been quoted at me more than once. It's supposed to mean something is easy to get back into even if you haven't done it in a while, right?
Now I laugh at it.
For the first time in fifteen years, I managed to get back into bike riding. This wasn't a small feat. It involved my doing research into bikes based on what I would be using it for, buying the bike and the equipment to go with it (which wasn't cheap I might add!) and taking a few bikes for test rides around the place to see which one I liked best.
Naturally these test rides were my first time on a bike since...well...a while. First I had to try to get myself onto the seat. Then I had to relearn...balance.
As I wobbled down the sidewalk, I had flashbacks to being eight years old, terrified of cracks in the sidewalks, people jumping out at me, and bushes coming out of nowhere. The expression "like getting back up on a bike" came to haunt me during this episode, and I began to wonder if this was such a good idea. But I'm stubborn--very stubborn!
I test rode two bikes that day and wound up going with the slightly pricer but better one. I liked its handling of bumps in the sidewalk and figured my going over both bike trails and roads would be much easier. After purchasing bike shorts, a water bottle and holder, tools, patches, saddle bags, lights, and a bunch of other accessories to go with it, I started going on practice rides.
At some point turning corners got easier. After maybe the fourth ride I stopped freaking out when cars showed up on the road at the same time as me. Eventually I began biking to the grocery stores, wine tastings, you name it.
Now I may wind up biking to book signings! :D
Why mention all of this? Because I think writing's the same way. It's shaky on the first go if you've taken some time off, had writer's block, or just plain haven't had the time to work on it. But with a lot of effort and stubbornness, you can hop right back on that bike...and back into the craft.
Love & Magic,