"Writing is, for most, laborious and slow. The mind travels faster than the pen; consequently, writing becomes a question of learning to make occasional wing shots, bringing down the bird of thought as it flashes by. A writer is a gunner, sometimes waiting in the blind for something to come in, sometimes roaming the countryside hoping to scare up something. Like other gunners, the writer must cultivate patience, working many covers to bring down one partridge." - Shrunk and White, The Elements of Style
I told you about those moments of inspiration writing right? And then there is the laboursome type, like the previous one on Útila island. Here is another moment of inspiration post that is a reaction. Reaction posts for me are usually inspirational. Meaning, I have experienced something and have a strong urged to comment on it. This strong emotional urge to respond to what someone has said or done is a powerful force for writing. It can keep me up at night to complete something.
So what happened was that two weeks ago, I saw a boat approaching a group of freedivers and shouting at them at how dangerous freediving is. The truth is that we were aware of the water conditions and we has safety measures in placed to keep ourselves safe. And if the conditions are beyond what we consider safe, we will make a judgment call to call off the dive. That spot where we were freediving is the only spot in Singapore where there is sufficient depth to freedive. Freedivers have been going there for years.
That aside, the post addresses more of what is covered in an introductory freediving course. And how any freediver who has been through that course will already have more water safety knowledge than the average person, because we emphasize a lot on safety in freediving education.
So check out this blog post: Is freediving dangerous? Three reasons why freediving is more than a safe sports
I completed this piece of travel writing called A Tribute to Utila: A Selection of Memories yesterday.
It was honestly a challenging write. I was trying to blend factual information with experiential information. Trying to give a general sense of the island and yet also the specific individuals who touched my lives. I wanted to write about them but also about how they impacted me. This is really complex writing.
I don't think I did it very well. But I tried my best and just had to send it off as I would like to move on to other types of writing and this has been taking up more than 8 months of my time.
Basically, I fell in love with an island. It was not love at first sight, but it slowly won my heart. And I wanted to tell others about this story.
So here you go, my amateurish and humble attempt at travel writing!