Writing projects have a beginning, middle, and end. And each phase calls for a different schedule.
Besides knowing what to do, readers want to know why they’re doing it and how to start. When our writing touches people on all these levels — instruction, insight, and next action — our odds for success improve.
Sentence completion encourages you to bypass your internal censors and express pre-conscious thoughts and feelings. In addition, you can turn vague intentions into concrete plans.
“…patterns of writing enact patterns of thinking, that by finding and practicing ways of writing we can literally think different things.”
If you truly understood Quality, Pirsig wrote, you would live each moment of your life differently. You would handle the material details of your life with exquisite care. You would even repair your motorcycle in a way that benefits all living beings.
Every time I finish a piece of writing, I see again the terrifying truth: Reality transcends anything that I could possibly say about it.
Creativity happens when we make new connections between existing ideas. We can organize for these “aha” moments by collecting ideas, revising them, and testing them.
Writing and meditation practice both call for the courage to face nothingness, endure changing moods, show up every day, and transcend ourselves.
Surprisingly, it’s often possible to reduce a 50,000- or 100,000-word book to a single page or paragraph of pure power. That’s enough to capture the essence that matters to you.
We are born into foolishness, and precious few are the voices that call this fact to our attention—let alone point a way out.