Chris Ransick was the keynote speaker after dinner at the Northern Colorado Writers Conference a couple of weeks ago. The part of his speech that stuck out for me was when he compared writing to archery. I found it interesting and it definitely got me thinking.
Arrow: In archery this is clearly the main component to be a successful. In writing, our arrow becomes our words.
Bow: Without the bow, an archers arrow goes nowhere. For writers we need knowledge, preparation and writing habits to send our words into the world.
Target: In order to be a successful archer you need to know the location of your target. Writing is the same way. You need to know where your writing is going. You need to know and understand your target audience.
Aim: Measure the distance between you and your "target." As a writer, what do you need to do to keep that distance to a minimum and have your reader feel connected to you and your words.
Release: This is where the actually writing comes into play.
Trajectory: In archery this is the direction and flight of the arrow. In writing, it becomes the flight of your words. Are your words hitting the intended target (audience)? Or are they hitting to the left or right of your readers?
Impact: What impact did your words have on the audience? Was it what you had wanted? Do you need to adjust anything before "shooting" again?
I hope this gave you something to think about.