Friday, 8 July 2011

A Strange Comparison

Writing is like ... The first time I ran cross country in P.E.

Cross country, for those of you who don't know what it is or know it by another name, is when the evil P.E. teachers make you run long distance around the park for half an hour, even when it's pouring down heavily.

I wasn't at the peak of physical fitness back then and I didn't know the technique required for long distance running. I went through spurts of extreme energy and walking. My friends were darting past me and I was behind near the back with a couple of people. I had to finish the run even though sometimes I felt like I couldn't.

Although I am not at the 'wanting-to-hide-behind-the-tree-and-then-cheat-and-cut-across-the-grass-and-reach-the finish-line-early' stage, I am going to persevere through and finish the book. I like my story and I am nearing the end now, even if it is taking a while.

And how did I do in cross country?
I was second last. The only person behind me was the girl was fell over and twisted her ankle and had to have other people support her as she hobbled to the finish line. To be honest, I found that really funny.

So tell me ... What non-writing thing would you compare writing to?


Rachna Chhabria said...

Ohh..nice to hear that you are so close to the finishing line with your book. Good luck, Naina.

Saumya said...

Haha for me, I would compare writing to climbing a rope. It seemed impossible and although I'm still quite terrible, I know where I need to go.

Deniz Bevan said...

Oh gosh, I hope I'm a better writer than runner - I wheeze and choke and can't go further than a few hundred metres :-)

Naina Gupta said...

Rachna - Thanks so much. It's relieving when you see everything come to a conclusion.

Saumya - I was always rubbish at rope climbing. Couldn't really get a grip.

Deniz - I am better at the running thing than I used to be, I go to the gym now to keep my health in check. Don't ask me to run around a park though!