A trapeze act? Kinky sex act? Equestrian feat?–MG and other riders know this.
But what about writers? We need it too. That’s where many writers fail as they can’t get the right balance between fact and fiction. Yep…this is what this is about. Do you need to be a trapeze artist to write about one? Not really, but if you want that authentic bite, it might help to have at least been on one.
There needs to be realism, jargon, terms. And balance. For example–the ranch book. If you haven’t truly ridden (more than a trail ride although you’ll learn a LOT), you can’t know some of the insights. There are muscles you didn’t even know existed. There is also the way your body moves–right or wrong. There’s a trust that develops–or a lack of one–between you and your horse. My favorite is becoming one no longer just a horse and rider.
There’s a scene in The Black Stallion movie where the young boy becomes friends with the horse, then rides without tack. The link is to this part of the movie. The first 4 illustrate my point. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG_di8VNcrY
This is MY writer’s journey. Learning, falling, riding, falling. Succeeding. Flying!