I haven’t been to an ice-show for ages! About two weeks ago, one of my piano students mentioned that the Ice Revue From Russia (Circus On Ice)was in town, for two days only! I phoned my sister and asked her to check with Computicket. We discovered that the tickets were selling like hot cakes! She rushed off during her lunch break, and there were only about 15 seats left for that particular show, so we were lucky!
Now I cannot skate.
I’ve never been on the ice in my entire life.
But I can tell you that I’m not very good when it comes to balance, I can barely ride a bicycle, so I’ll probably battle to skate. Add to it the fact that those blades are thinner than an anorexic model strutting down an international ramp…
Although the lighting was a major anti-climax, on the whole, the show did a fabulous job of blending international-level figure skating with demanding acrobatics and dance routines.
The skaters did an amazing job. Lots of them looked very, very young, especially the males. Some looked barely out of their teens! But they were brilliant, skilled, poised…
The aerial work was graceful and skilful, the illusion was magical, the juggling was unbelievable, the hoola-hoop girl (managing about 20 to 30 hoops?)was stunning, and the skipping rope and unicycles were impressive.The balancing of various metal shapes was wonderful under UV light. One of my favourite circus tricks started the second half, the quick change. It is mind-boggling to see a woman change in about three or four seconds – well, one doesn't get to see how she does it, only that it is done.
It made me think about the writing process.
I would imagine that writing, just like skating, is a balancing act.
I actually think that BALANCE is the main similarity. In a story, you need to balance the right amounts of dialogue, narration, plot development, backstory.
Here are a few other thoughts on the two:-
Butt In Chair Hands On Keyboard = Skate On Ice Whenever Possible.
A story comes to life on the page = A story comes to life on the ice.
Wonderful language and brilliant phrasing = Triple axel manoeuvre.
Skating coach is there to guide/advise = Critique partner is there to guide/advise.
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Can you skate? Is development of a good balance on ice, dependent on the rate that self-confidence grows? Which is most important in ice-skating, the physical condition or mental framework? When you write, how do you get the balance right in your story?