My new article in the "MFA My Way" series at JMWW: Writing the Wabi Sabi Way.
I’ll give you a second to laugh over the title of this column. No, it’s not a sauce or a type of sushi. It's not related to Star Wars. It’s an ancient Japanese aesthetic of imperfection, incompleteness, and impermanence that originated with Buddhist monks and then was integrated by masters of the tea ceremony in the 15th century. And if you keep it in mind, it’ll cut a lot of crap out of your writing and help you ignore your ego (the source of a lot of frustration and bad work), and bring out a beauty in your writing you didn’t know you were capable of.
Plus, winter is the best time to explore this concept. Wabi sabi is everywhere.
Click on the link to go to the full article, which includes several writing exercises to try (poetry and prose), including one that will create the perfect log line (elevator pitch) for your novel!