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Based on the Zen philosophy that we learn more from our failures than from our successes, One Continuous Mistake teaches a refreshing new method for writing as spiritual practice. In this unique guide for writers of all levels, Gail Sher?a poet who is also a widely respected teacher of creative writing?combines the inspirational value of Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way with the spiritual focus of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Here she introduces a method of discipline that applies specific Zen practices to enhance and clarify creative work. She also discusses bodily postures that support writing, how to set up the appropriate writing regimen, and how to discover one's own "learning personality."

In the tradition of such classics as Writing Down the Bones and If You Want to Write, One Continuous Mistake will help beginning writers gain access to their creative capabilities while serving as a perennial reference that working writers can turn to again and again for inspiration and direction.

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Based on the Zen philosophy that we learn more from our failures than from our successes, "One Continuous Mistake" teaches a refreshing new method for writing as spiritual practice.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I: A Writing "Habit"

Exercise: Writing Zazen

1. Four Noble Truths for Writers

2. Pointing Directly at Your Own Heart, You'll Find Buddha

3. Single-Minded Effort

4. Grandmother's Fingerpointing

5. A Writing "Habit"

6. Waves of the Sea Belong to the Sea

7. Writing Posture

8. The Kiss of the Asp

9. The Writer's Middle Way

10. Distractions

Part II: Like Jesus, It's From God. And From You.

Exercise: Writing Kinhin

11. Stay-at-Home Days

12. Fleeting Thoughts

13. Books Read Us

14. Reading Supports Writing—But Watch Out!

15. Bleached-Bone Simplicity

16. Ode to a Drawer

17. The Rubbery Time of Revision

18. One Continuous Mistake

19. Like Jesus, It's From God. And From You.

20. Ping!

21. Five Pillars of Writing

Part III. The Lesson of Little Red Riding Hood

Exercise: Sneaking Up On Your Mind

22. Tigers in the Lowland

23. Invisible Practice

24. The Gentle Cycle

25. Writer's Block: The Magic Mountain

26. Writer's Anorexia: The Abuse of Creative Power

27. The Lesson of Little Red Riding Hood

28. Writing Parents

Part IV. Beauty Plus Pity

Exercise: Watching the Mind

29. If I Think About Myself, Does That Mean I'm Selfish?

30. Writer-Jock

31. Writing and "Right" Livelihood

32. Who Is Writing Better Vedas?

33. Ripples on the Surface of the Water

34. Art Is Theft, Art Is Armed Robbery, Art Is Not Pleasing Your Mother

35. Beauty Plus Pity

36. A Button and a Few Bones

37. Life Is Not Killed

Part V. A Word Is a Charged Situation

Exercise: Mot Juste

38. Huckleberry "K"

39. Tibetan English

40. The Told Story

41. Art for Life's Sake

42. The Look of a Voice

43. Grasp the Thing, Words Will Follow

44. Wild by Law

Part VI. "No, No—Poetry Is Serious! Zen Is Not Serious."

Exercise: Silence Is Not Silence Is Not Silence

45. The Gospel According to This Moment

46. "Ashes Do Not Come Back to Firewood"

47. Lady Murasaki's Insight

48. Heron and I

49. Lean Words and Quietly

50. The Frida Kahlo Principle

51. An Angel in the House

52. Not Knowing

53. One World at a Time

Appendices

A. Guidelines for Beginning Writers of Haiku

B. Your Reading Personality

C. Your Learning Personality

Notes

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140195873
Author:
Sher, Gail
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Compass
Publication Date:
19990431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.74x4.56x.63 in. .36 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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