Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Dharma of Writing


This cartoon may not seem all that funny, but it is a lesson I need to keep reminding myself of, so I keep in on my desktop.

You see, when I started writing, it was all about me. I wanted to be a good writer. Then I became really egocentric and wanted to be a great writer. It took a few years before my Buddhist training kicked in and I understood my error.

Writing stories is not about me becoming anything! It is about crafting the best stories possible. The focus is on the stories, the characters, and the craft of writing. The focus is on the day-to-day process of creating, which becomes a form of meditation.

That process, that meditation, is not about becoming a better, wiser, holier person. It’s not about becoming anything. It is all about the joy in experiencing the process.

So every once in a while I need a little nudge to help me focus on simply writing stories, without worrying about how good I am.

2 comments:

Dorien/Roger said...

It's not how good the writer thinks he is, it's how good the writer thinks he is. And in your case, that's pretty darned good.

Best,

Dorien

RW said...

I enjoy reading your writing tips. I'm good at starting things, too, but sometimes I get terribly, terribly stuck. For example, I'm a good 60 pages into what I think will be a novel. In those first 60 pages I have established the main cast of characters and how they relate to one another. I feel like I know the basic arc of the story, but for the past few weeks - yes, weeks! - I've been blocked and unable to move forward. Does this happen to you? If so, how do you push through? Thx. - Randy.