On the water writing

Meeting with the whaleThere’s nothing better than being on the water. Another blog we’ve been following recently, Transparent Sea, is chronicling an open ocean paddle following the migration path of whales off the coast of Australia, and features some close-in photos and videos of whales, dolphins, and surfers.

I suddenly remembered I could not swimWe are reminded of Joshua Slocum’s classic, Sailing Alone Around the World. Slocum could not swim, yet he spent just over three years and 46,000 miles alone on the water. 

Writing sometimes feels like being alone on the water, unable to swim.

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  1. mccrackenusmc says:

    “Writing sometimes feels like being alone on the water, unable to swim.” I spent numerous times on the water with my father as a kid, sometimes involving long periods of time. The “feeling” of lonliness -even though you may have social activity -is the same feeling i recieve while song writing at some points. Sometimes you pick up the guitar, play a tune and hum some words. You may seem as though you are lost in the midst of a simple “warm-up,” and have no other individuals around. I have learned that good creativity doesnt come with great focus. It oozes from you when you least expect it -or at least in my case. The randomization of tunes I play, remind me of this “open water paddle.” “following the migration path of whales off the coast of Australia, and features some close-in photos and videos of whales, dolphins, and surfer.” The following of the whales is the process of (in my case) producing ideas, and the features of this are incredible; original creativity. Essentially saying, when you try too hard, the writing just doesnt appear with originality. Just my two cents on what this reminded me of.

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