by MaggieI've been interested in this book since I first saw it at the NCW studio and finally picked it up at Wine and Words recently. Most of all, I wanted to know what Tao is, what it means.
The author, Ralph L. Wahlstrom, says, "Tao means 'the Way,' and it reflects a particular interpretation of the ways in which the world and universe work."
So, how does this apply to writing? The Tao describes to us a world of balance and flow. As a writer, that sounds more restful than rigorous, more natural than forced. I feel I've been in this Tao place before and would love to get back there.
In this book, Wahlstrom describes twelve principles of the Tao of Writing:
- Writing is natural (our communication with ourselves and the world)
- Writing is flow (if we write without restriction)
- Writing is creation (we have the power and need to create)
- Writing is detachment (ignoring our inner critic)
- Writing is discovery (open to the world around us)
- Writing is change (revising, fine-tuning our writing)
- Writing is unified yet multiplied (expanding our original thoughts)
- Writing is clarity (understandable, as if we're talking with a friend)
- Writing is simplicity (eliminating our over-wordy darlings)
- Writing is personal (writing for ourselves, to know ourselves)
- Writing is universal (our dialogue with our inner and outer worlds)
- Writing is open-ended (our writing is changed by us, others, readers)
I'm beginning to understand how this relates to me and what I might do to unlock the box I've stuffed my writer-self into. Not comfortable in here. My Tao writing will begin today, and my words will flow freely again, revealing the story to me as I float along. I will build the traditional damns, or rather dams, later on.