Bickham on trusting the process

by on 03/02/04 at 1:00 am

In a wonderful book about Zen archery,* the student archer is allowed only to place the arrow on the bow preparatory to drawing the string. This minute bit of preparation is repeated for months, no other step being taken. It is years, in this book, before the archer actually gets to shoot an arrow–and then he is told by the Zen master that he never shoots the arrow, but that the arrow shoots itself when it is ready. . .

Like the archer, to get there you must trust the process. You must study each technique in isolation, trusting that one day, if you persist long and hard enough, it will all come together for you. –Jack M. Bickham (Writing Novels That Sell)


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