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.