Saturday, 19 February 2011
Submitting Writing: The Rollercoaster
Isn't submitting writing similar to riding a rollercoaster?
Sending it off is like paying to ride. You commit yourself and you don't know what to expect. Then there's that moment of 'what I have done' shortly afterwards which is much the same as when you climb into your seat. You strap yourself in, know this is going to feel like it's lasting forever, and wait...
As the rollercoaster ascends, you sit and wait some more. It takes a while but as time passes you're waiting for a deadline so there's no sense of urgency. Just expectancy.
The coaster reaches the top. It's freewheeling now. The deadline has passed and the judging or reading is in process and you know you have absolutely no control.
After that, you know there'll be downward swoops or ecstatic loop-the-loops. But there is nothing you can do by this point, you've committed yourself. It's all in the hands of other people.
By the end you will have had a fantastic time, or you'll feel the jarring of the brake, and think you'll never ever ride that beast again...
...but then, I've always loved roller coasters.