- Paperback: 94 pages
- Publisher: Shambhala; 1st edition (June 25, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 157062092X
- ISBN-13: 978-1570620928
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,646,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of Writing: Teachings of the Chinese Masters 1st Edition
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"Use very straight speech/ without design or calculation." Advice modern day politicos would find impossible to follow, but a good adage for writers needing a reminder to keep things simple and clear. Such tips are scattered throughout The Art of Writing, a collection of ancient Chinese musings on the writer's art, filled with Taoist clarity and sly humor. "Observe creation without taboos. Swallow a vast wilderness and spit it out again." That's a whole book on writing right there.
"Lively and surprising, insightful and instructive, this is an indispensable addition to the writer's bookshelf."—Jane Hirshfield, cotranslator of The Ink Dark Moon
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The texts compiled in this edition (especially The Tao of Writing and The Poet's Jade Splinters) really gave me a framework to identify and improve the preverbal (and sometimes subconscious) thought processes that occur when I'm writing.
I often read parts of this book to help gather my thoughts/rack focus prior to writing.
I'd suggest approaching some of the concepts with caution, since we are not living in Ancient China. However, this book is an excellent resource!
Glenn Shea, from Glenn's Book Notes at www.bookbarnniantic.com
For more information about writing, please take a look at [...], wherein I pontificate further about the subject of writing. :-)
Was the first reviewer on crack when he wrote the review?