Facing the new.
I liken a fight to a blank page. Entering the ring, a boxer’s body and mind stand at the ready as so many remembered movements much as a writer sits poised with words and syntax. It’s what happens next that is remembered. The boxer will engage in an improvised pas-de-deux with her opponent while the writer will engage her thoughts and ideas to fashion words into hoped for coherent and readable prose.
Given that I am wearing my writer’s mantle today, I am trying to work through the momentary panic of that blank space. As with any creative endeavor — whether the improvisation of a boxer’s dancing feet or a trumpeter’s trill — the way thoughts form on the page seem miraculous. Yes, they are based on deep knowledge of words and syntax and perhaps even a clear “plan” of attack likened to a boxer’s plan to stick and pull back, or the trumpeter’s competencies with B-flat. However, the blank page of a writer can also represent the open road without a road map. It is the moment of facing down newness. Words without a plan. A space that can take a writer anywhere the imagination feels like going.
Such is my day today. My writing has no agenda. Like shadow boxing on a Monday night without a trainer, I can take it where ever I want it to go. I can stick with one thing or write tons of fanciful little ditties. Such is my luck today — even as I swallow back that momentary taste of bile that anxiety always seems to bring!