What writing practice, like Zen practice, does is bring you back to the natural state of mind, the wilderness of your mind where there are no refined rows of gladiolas. The mind is raw, full of energy, alive and hungry. It does not think in the way we were brought up to think—well-mannered, congenial.
A book about writing isn’t enough. Being a writer is a whole way of life, a way of seeing, thinking, being. It’s the passing on of a lineage. Writers hand on what they know.
The old essentials are still necessary. Stay with them under all circumstances. It will make you stable—something unusual for a writer.
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I have had this book for a very long time but it looks like I had to wait to read it until I signed up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which is this year! NaNoWriMo is a great opportunity to practice writing in public to a certain degree and finish your shitty first draft. […]