From Writing as a Sacred Path:
The highest goal of warrior training is mastery. This ultimate objective is not mere knowledge or skill, but an understanding that comes only from getting to the core of an activity. According to Taoist philosopher Zhuangzi, mastery occurs only when an activity becomes part of your very self.
Of course with writing, as with the skills of the warrior, you could spend many lifetimes going deeper and deeper into the heart of the endeavor, so mastery is always an ongoing process. But the awareness that you are on the way to that ultimate goal—that you have gone beyond mere skill into the deeper aspects of your art—provides a deep sense of assurance and confidence.
When most people think of warriors, they think about courage. But when I think of warriors, I think about mastery. For me the ultimate key to becoming the warrior writer is training. There are no short cuts to earning a black belt, and none for becoming a warrior writer, either. It is only through training that you can gain mastery of your art.
Thursdays are Writing Tips days on the Writing as a Sacred Path Blog. For this Writing Tips Thursday, I explore two ways to develop mastery through training. I hope you find them useful! www.writingasasacredpath.blogspot.com.
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