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In One Continuous Mistake, Gail Sher applies the teachings of Zen Buddhism to the creative-writing process. Though there are a few writing exercises here, this is less a workbook than a series of meditations on how to be a writer. "When you read Zen literature," says Sher, "you must read each sentence with a fresh mind." And so should you write. "The real work of writing is, day after day, to discover how to maintain freshness." To do so, Sher advises (among other things) a single-minded focus, a daily writing period, sitting with a straight spine, and "letting words fall freely, without editing or censuring." By doing so, says Sher, your body "gives birth ... to what you never expected, predicted, could have thought up." Only then, adds Sher, should you revise. And when you do, revise boldly. "As Suzuki-roshi used to say about getting up when the alarm rings," she says, "'Never make the same decision twice.'" --Jane Steinberg
Gail Sher is the author of eight books of poetry and one book on breadmaking, in addition to her books on writing. Awarded Teacher of the Year by the combined educational faculties of the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, and San Francisco State University, she has taught graduate classes in writing, psychology, and Zen for many years. She lives in Berkeley, California.
The best book on writing I have ever read! I recommend it to any writer who wants to avoid becoming a hack (so easy to do), It is my go to book daily for inspiration and to remind... Read morePublished 12 months ago by sunnyfader
Gail is so human and inspiring at once, and her Zen spirituality enriches her recommendations for the writing process. Her book reads so lyrically. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ibrahim
This is a well-written book about writing by one who is autoritative about writing, teaching, and eastern paths. The book is clever, practical, and fun to read.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
A worthy read. Writing as a zen practice makes sense. Better than how to books.
Namaste from one writer to the next.
I am inspired by the writing and supported by the directions. There are practical suggestions for writing practice that support me as a writer.Published on February 22, 2013 by Sheila Klein
I keep this at my bedside and read the passages and thoughts before sleeping, they go down easy and seem to ready my mind for writing in the following days.Published on February 8, 2013 by G. Wilson