These seemingly very different endeavors actually have much in common. I spent eight years skating competetively as a kid, and then twenty-five years teaching, and most of what I learned serves my writng life quite well. Here are the TOP TEN things I learned from skating that have helped me become a writer.
1) You can be taught to skate (write), but the passion to pursue it comes from within.
2) If you want to excel, you have to practice–a lot!
3) Learn from others who have gone before you.
4) Listening is the first step to understanding.
5) Do your best and you have nothing to apologize for.
6) Expect rejection. Judgement is subjective and sometimes harsh, but it is a reality we cannot escape if we want to compete.
7) Learn from your mistakes
8) Self-dsicipline is required to master any skill.
9) Creativity and artistry comes from the soul.
10) Nurture your soul, and the sky is the limit.
What unexpected lessons have you learned about writing?