I guess it could be any instrument or even any discipline but I’m using piano because playing one is something I learned to do during my school years. Like many people, I also learned to write during this time. Lately I’ve had a number of things I’d like to write about buzzing around in my head. They never get any further than a heading on my whiteboard and a few sentences promptly forgotten as soon I’m near a keyboard (or a pen).
It occured to me that I might have lost the ability to write in the same way as I have lost the ability to play the piano. I haven’t practised either for quite some time. I do write of course – emails, shopping lists, notes to the teacher, even instructions – but all those things have a practical purpose; none expand on the thoughts in my head or make for very interesting reading.
I plan to test my theory. I’ll hire a piano and start practising – I’m know my playing will improve because I’ve tried it before. Writing practice I’m less familiar with; I guess I did it while I was at school but it wasn’t called practice… Seems like a blog is a great place to practise too, I may even get some help from people liek you as I go along. Certainly it’s a lot cheaper than a piano. I wonder which one will come more easily?