by Helen Kenwright
I read a lot of books about writing, because you never know where you might get a good tip or idea to improve your practice and craft. But this was one of the first I read, and it had a huge impact on how I approach and think about my writing.
Gail Sher is a writer, psychotherapist, teacher and a Zen Buddhist, and One Continuous Mistake involves all of these aspects. She introduces us to four noble truths, in the Buddhist tradition, of writing, namely:
1. Writers write
2. Writing is a process
3. You don’t know what you’re writing will be until the end of the process.
4. If writing is your practice, the only way to fail is not to write.Gail Sher: One Continuous Mistake. Four Noble Truths for Writers. P5. Compass, 1999.