Over the weekend I found The Art Of War For Writers by James Scott Bell. This title intrigued me since I’m already a fan of Sun Tzu’s The Art Of War. When I came across the quote “Know the difference between a hero and a fool” it got under my skin a little bit. After some thought, I forced myself to read the page and be open to it. In my stubbornness I noted in the book “replace the word ‘Hero’ with Sage.” Because that’s something I’d actually prefer to become. The interesting thing was one of the suggestions would then say, “Yes, sometimes a fool can become a
hero sage by accident. But most of the time the fool just ends up dead.” It’s interesting because a fool may on the slight chance of pure luck become a hero by accident, but you can not become a sage by accident. You also can not become a writer by accident. You make the intentional choice every day to work at becoming a sage or a writer.
I often forget that. On my low days I feel I just stumbled across writing. That it just landed in my lap by accident. Writing is my intentional choice. Becoming a respected author is my goal and I will write this as a reminder on my low days that this is my gift, my life’s work, and no matter how tough it gets I will not yield.
You’re can’t become a writer by accident but a persistent writer will naturally become a Sage.