Just a few weeks ago, tennis player Rafael Nadal hoisted the winner's trophy at the French Open (Roland Garros) for a record-breaking eighth time.
Today, he lost in the first round at Wimbledon, to 135th-ranked Steve Darcis.
the kind of whiplash-inducing turnabout that occurs in tennis ... and
writing. One day everything's clicking. You're living up to your full
potential, using every tool in your toolbox at the right time. You've
mastered the game. The next day, you're stumbling around as if in
concrete slippers, and nothing's working.
Some people say you're
only as good as your last game (or book), but I don't buy it. In Nadal's
case, he already has a Hall-of-Fame-caliber career even if he never
picks up a racquet again. A story, or a draft, that misses the mark
doesn't mean a writer has lost the magic either.
A bad day doesn't erase the good ones that came before, nor does it prevent more good ones from coming.