One of the Olympic commentators mentioned ‘alarming dips in form’ for an athlete last week. Can anything be more scary, for an athlete or a writer (or an agent)? And yet it happens to almost everyone.
We can’t expect ability, commissions, sales, etc to follow a regular upward progression. Sometimes we inexplicably lose a knack that came naturally, which we only laboriously regain. Sometimes we have to succumb to exhaustion, grief, lack of confidence – stuff that life throws at us. Sometimes we’re just not at our best, for no apparent reason.
The French have a great phrase – reculer pour mieux sauter – to draw back to take a bigger leap. Often that’s what a dip in form ends up being.
That athlete? Won a gold.