Bobbing and Writing

So, as I sit day in and day out watching the surfers bob in the ocean, waiting for the next wave to come (which can be a pretty long time in FL), I marvel at their patience. Something I seriously lack, more and more by the day lately. Seems like it would be boring. They go with the swells, up and down, up and down. Then, finally, a wave will come. Surfer paddles fast, gets to his feet on the board, rides it sideways for about 10 feet (if they're lucky) and then squats back down to the board (told ya - small waves down here- unless there's a huricane and then you see hoards of surfers at the beach). Lots of tedium for a couple seconds of fun.

Wait a minute. Isn't that pretty much what I do day in and day out at the computer? My WiP's on the screen and I sit and stare at the blur of words. Hoping beyond hope for that burst of inspiration. When it hits, my little fingers type, type, type. Then the momentum dies down and I paddle back out and wait for the next wave.

Right about now, I think I could use a hurricane. Anyone else having a hard time catching a wave over the summer?

For those of you disgruntled with my non-love of the ocean, I forgot - I do like it sometimes. Especially when the water temp is 85 degrees and it looks like this.

Good thing I'm not a surfer ;-)
Catch ya later dudes.


Slamdunk said...

It sounds like our beach experience of a few weeks ago.

I do have difficulty catching waves during the summer--too many distractions.

Piedmont Writer said...

Yeah, I definitely need a hurricane. or a tsunami or something.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's why I took a week off from everything - needed a recharge and a chance for a big wave.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I got the hurricane when I received feedback on my novel and the individual had all kinds of brilliant suggestions. Now I'm writing a few new scenes, and deleting and rewriting other scenes (snow ball effect). :D

Lola Sharp said...

See, isn't the beach lovely?
Reading with the sound of the ocean and gulls in the background is quite meditative and relaxing. So is walking the beach. (of course, you have two youngish children to keep an eye on, so you probably aren't getting the meditative effect.)

Well, surfing is like that..and much like floating on a raft: relaxing. Soaking in the sun, meditative, floaty, and then, when a wave worthy of motion comes along, you have a fun burst of energy. Then back to floating and chilling, until the next wave. It is a zen-like experience. But, for true, the east coast mostly has crap for waves, unless there's a storm.

And, there's always the Yum. ;)

I miss you.

sarahjayne smythe said...

Yep, a hurricane sounds pretty good right about now. Except I'm nowhere near the ocean so I can't even see the cute little surfers bobbing in the water. I hope you're having a good time. :)

Jemi Fraser said...

As a teacher, the summer is my most free time. The school year is soooooo busy, I enjoy the summer. I have a lot more time to do the stuff I've planned and worked on. I've got a few new ideas lurking in my brain trying to get out! :)

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

Surfing is very much a sit and wait sport especially in the smaller swells, and the few waves that do happen in areas. I learned out in Hawaii so I have to say I never had that waiting period. The only wait I had was learning to stand up, but once I did, I understood fully why any surfer would wait. It's like nothing else I can even explain.
Great way to explain those moments inbetween in writing. I need a hurricane (not a real one that would suck) in my WiP in a bad way. I'm lucky if I have lake style lap waves. Sigh. Hoping I will recharge while I have my folks in town and I can forget (as much as possible) my WiP and when I get back feel refreshed. Right now I'm the surfer just bobbing and getting motion sick ;)
Hope you are enjoying your trip and watching the surfers!

DL Hammons said...

This is an excellent analogy. So many writers take off on potential waves with promise, only to see it peter out. So much wasted energy that ends up going nowhere.

I'm more of a water skier myself. :)

Tara said...

SD - Lots of distractions, definitely.

Anne - How 'bout a cup of coffee in a couple months instead ;-)

Diane - Time off is usually a good recharger - I hope it worked for you!

Stina- Are you telling me I need to hope for a hurricane and a snowstorm?! Yikes.

Lola - ok, ok, the beachain't so bad after all - especially the yum ;)

SJS - I'm getting along, thanks.

Jemi - I hope those ideas escape quickly for you!

Erica - I had a few guys try to teach me the art of surfing, but I never made it to my feet - mostly I think because I was too busy making out with them in the water, lol.

DL - I hate waste!

Falen (Sarah) said...

awww! Now i want to go swimming!
Though i live in MN and we have lakes, so not a lot of surfing...

KarenG said...

I adore the ocean. Not to surf but to lay out and let the sound of the waves relax me. It's like all the stress drains away when I'm on the beach. And to walk along the sand forever!

Susan Fields said...

Yeah, that doesn't really look like surfing water - but it sure is pretty! I love looking at the ocean, if only it didn't come surrounded by all that sand. :)

Jai Joshi said...

I love the ocean but I'm not a beach lover. I can't stand the sand that gets everywhere and the irritating men in thongs. Creeps me out.

I think of writing more like sitting in a boat and rushing down river towards the ocean. There's no telling what I'll have to go through to get there but I hold on tight and hope.


Tara said...

Jai - I love that river analogy. Sand = yuck. And, omg, the guy in the thong yesterday - it wasn't even a thong, it had a little pouch for his little...ahem, and strings everywhere else. He was not a thin man, either, quite hairy as well. I asked my son if he wanted a bathing suit like that and we both lost it.

Susan - Yeah, even my dirt-monger daughter is over the sand.

Karen - I have to agree. That's one of the most relaxing sounds ever.

Falen - I think because I grew up with the ocean, I can't do lakes. They freak me out - maybe it's the not being able to see clear to the bottom like here? Dunno, really.

Saumya said...

I never catch waves!! Haha, it's good that I'm not a surfer, either. Writing provides enough of a challenge for me these days :)

Sangu said...

Love this metaphor - it's so true! The waves aren't coming fast and often this summer, it's such a shame :(

Mohamed Mughal said...

How can you not love the ocean?!

Keep writing; you certainly demonstrate the right amount of introspection to be a great writer.

Mary Aalgaard said...

Sometimes waiting, or working on a long project, feels like trying to see across the ocean to the other side where there's land.