“I teach people to accept their minds,” she says, “just like in zazen—it’s all just studying mind. No good, no bad. In writing practice we use the same basic principle as in zazen— you make a commitment for a period of time, and you keep the practice going no matter what. In the case of writing practice, it’s usually ten minutes. The basic rule is: keep your hand moving. No editing, no going back or crossing out, forget about spelling or punctuation. If something comes up that feels dangerous, go for it. That’s where the juice is. By keeping your hand moving you don’t leave any space for what we call monkey mind—the commentator, the internal critic, to come in and get in the way.”
No good, no bad. No space for the monkey mind, the commentator.
I know it’s tempting to comment when you like what someone’s written, but that invites judgement, a focus on good and bad.
Thank you for coming here to write with us. While you’re here, please, just write. No good, no bad. Just write.
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