December 20th, 2009


Rules for the Current WIP

Rules I'm trying to follow for my current WIP:

1) I will talk about this novel if people ask me about it. I will not be secretive. I will give a general overview, and explain my vision for it.

2) I will work on this book every day, even if it's just to review what I've written so far.

3) I will write even if I know it's not perfect (really hard for me), because I know I can fix it later (thanks lazy_iris), and it is better to make progress with this book than just think about making progress.

4) I will dedicate myself to a style that is rich, emotional, and honest (as much as fiction can be honest), using Toni Morrison's style as a guide.

5) I will not be afraid to get dirty or uncomfortable with my writing.

What are your rules?


The Moon Cannot Be Stolen

Ryokan, a Zen master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was nothing to steal.

Ryokan returned and caught him. "You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler, "and you should not return empty-handed. Please take my clothes as a gift."

The thief was bewildered. He took the clothes and slunk away.

Ryoken sat naked, watching the moon. "Poor fellow," he mused, "I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."

From here.