Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Be Like Water



"Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves" 




"Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend"

You're probably wondering why I'm posting quotes from Bruce Lee. Simple. He was a master of his craft and I think we could learn something from him.

BE. LIKE.WATER.

What does water do? It adapts. 

As writers we need to be willing to adapt to many things: changes in the industry, scenes that aren't working, manuscripts that need rewrites, technological advances.

Everything around us is changing, including us. 

Have you ever heard of the 1inch punch? If not, google it. Bruce Lee could punch through wood from an inch away. A feat like that doesn't happen over night. When I watch him do that move, I think about what he said, "Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves." Bruce Lee was able to do the impossible, and all because he saw a way to do it.

We all get flustered. We're all busy. We all want the dream. And we all need to find our own way around the obstacles that stop us from having it all--and yes, you can have it all.

Bruce Lee has taught me two things. If I want to succeed, I need to adapt. So when I hear tumblr is where all the teens hang out, guess where I'm going. And when I'm stuck while writing and I can't figure out what my characters need to do at point A to get to point B, I'm going to be like water. I'll find a way around or through the problem and I'll succeed.

Let your words be water and flow into the best novel you can write.

8 comments:

  1. In an industry that changes overnight and then changes again by lunch, this is an important lesson for all of us. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Love love, love Bruce Lee! And yes, the message adapts well to writing.

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  3. Oooo! Like Catherine I love Bruce Lee. In the book of Tao, it talks about how gentle and soft water is yet how it is able to change the surface and shape of rocks. :)

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    1. Powerful statement. Thanks for sharing that!

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  4. Love this post, and adapting it's such a wonderful life tool. We are always changing, and it makes sense for this to affect/ be reflected in our writing.

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