It is hard to fathom that some Buddhist teachings can be especially relevant for writers. This is because there are so many distractions that vie for our attention. And unless we can minimize these distractions or better still avoid them, we can be well on our way to be the best writer that we can be.
Here are four noble truths for writers
- The writing life is difficult, and full of disappointment and dissatisfaction. Therefore, we have to be mindful of what is most important as a writer—the process of writing and my present moment of writing.
- Much of this dissatisfaction comes from the ego, from our insistence on controlling both the process of writing (which really cannot be controlled) and how the world reacts to what we have written.
- There is a way to lessen disappointment and dissatisfaction and to live a more fruitful writing life. It is by being much more mindful of each step of your writing life.
- The way to accomplish this is to make both the practice of writing and the world itself less about ourselves and more about the writing itself. To thrive and be at your best, you must be mindful of your motives and attachments to desired outcomes.
By taking these four noble truths into consideration, you could be the best and excel as a writer. But what’s more you will also gain self-confidence and self-control as well.
Irene S. Roth