Watchful Eyes.

That is one thing I found important for my writing. I do not generally mean having an eye for grammatical errors, but more in observing the environment. It is nice to keep a mental note on every tiny detail you see wherever you may be. May it be the chipped paint on the rusty walls of an old abandoned bus or the cracks in the tile at your local mall, there is always something to notice.

Wonder why I’m saying this?

Well, the answer should be obvious for the thinking types, but maybe this is just my personal inference. We need watchful eyes as writers because any tiny detail can bring about a great idea. That, and it can even pull you out of a bad writer’s block (I remember someone saying you’re not a writer when you get writer’s block, but that’s bogus, right?). Remember, all you need is a small spark to start a flame.

It doesn’t really matter how you interpret the thought as long as it means something and helps you to write. Everything has its purpose and well, the minuscule details do too.

Live to make art and inspire.




4 thoughts on “Watchful Eyes.

  1. Really great post. It’s absolutely true. Notice the little things. There’s a little Zen koan that this reminds me, and I carry it with me every day.

    ” Zen students are with their masters at least ten years before they presume to teach others. Nan-in was visited by Tenno, who, having passed his apprenticeship, had become a teacher. The day happened to be rainy, so Tenno wore wooden clogs and carried an umbrella. After greeting him Nan-in remarked: “I suppose you left your wodden clogs in the vestibule. I want to know if your umbrella is on the right or left side of the clogs.”

    Tenno, confused, had no instant answer. He realized that he was unable to carry his Zen every minute. He became Nan-in’s pupil, and he studied six more years to accomplish his every-minute Zen.”

    Practise your every minute Zen, be a better writer.

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