It can happen to you. Your path? The revisioning process in preparation for the next rewrite. In a flashing moment something opens. Your story is new all through. You see the same unsame world of your story with fresh eyes.
This universe-renewing power comes by grace, not logic. The old Chinese devised problems, called koan, to stop their students' word-drunkenness and mind-wandering. Didn't you feel that, at least a little, after NaNoWriMo? Word-drunkenness. I like that.
My intention this month is to have you "meditate on koans." Or, another way of saying: Don't waste your life merely sensing; channel thought and feeling to one purpose -- your story -- and then let it happen. Put your mind--and all else you have--to it.
What is the right answer to a koan? There are many right answers and there are also none.
Writing a story is an act of creation, after all.
Tomorrow we begin the Middle (1/2).
For now, finish up connecting the dots between the Beginning and the End.
If you're just beginning the month with us, please start at the beginning and work your way forward.
Shambhala Pocket Classics Zen Flesh, Zen Bones complied by Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki for some of the text and concepts offered here.