Riding a bike

posted Dec 4, 2019, 10:07 AM by David Alan Binder

Riding a bike


Please note this article about riding a bike can be applied to swimming, science, chemistry, anything in which you take an active participatory learning experience in order to master.


If you read about riding a bike or hear a song about riding a bike or study someone riding a bike; that is just propositional knowledge.  That does not make you a bike rider.


If you ride a bike and fall down every time you try, you still are not a bike rider.  That is procedural riding.


Until you experience the joy of having learned that skill, you have the learners permit to go and learn more.  You have to experience when to put on the brakes going down a huge hill, you have to experience riding in snow and ice in order to see and feel what that is like and whether those are effective or not.

You need to try and ride across a muddy field as a short cut.  (Yeah, I tried it as a kid and it does not work.  You end up falling off then pushing the bike as the wheels are more caked with mud until you are dragging a bike since the mud will not allow the wheels to turn.)

There is more.

Until you use and ride your bikes over ramps, curbs, and other obstacles you do you gain the knowledge of what works and what does not.

Write to master your craft.  Try out different things.  Obey the rules.  Break the rules.  Do some of each, but if you do not keep writing you are not a writer.

Writing is like biking, in order to do it, you will try and fail.  You will attempt and fall, many times.  That is just the way writing and biking is, there is no easy fixes.  There are no training wheels for writing.  You can hire the best editors and the best trainers but until you write the first draft, you are stuck watching others bike or write until you actually do it.

Keep pushing those writing pedals, Dear Writers and Dear Readers.


A Think Piece by David Alan Binder

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