Wuxia Novelist: A Writer's Blog

Wuxia Novelist: A Writer's Blog looks at the broad range of issues encountered by me as a novelist working in the Chinese wuxia (heroic fiction) genre. I have, however, a very broad background and this blog will not narrowly focus on one genre of literature, rather I will consider books, movies, and ideas that relate to my life as a writer. For more information about my background please visit my author's website: www.thedragongateinn.com or www.facebook.com/WuxiaNovelist

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Why Fish Traps & Rabbit Snares?

Somewhere between 350 to 300 B.C., a very wonderful writer/philosopher lived in China. His name was Zhuang Zhou or Zhuangzi (Master Zhuang). A couple of hundred years later a collection of writings came together that was named for him, Zhuangzi. That book is not only considered one of the great classics of Chinese literature and Chinese philosophy, but is also one of the founding texts/inspirations for Daoism/Taoism, the indigenous Chinese religious/philosophical tradition that emphasizes natural spontaneity and the patterns of Nature. Zhuangzi seems to have had a great sense of humor and the title of this blog comes from one of his witty remarks about the use of words. Here it is in its entirety translated by the great Burton Watson:

The fish trap exists because of the fish; once you've gotten the fish, you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit; once you've gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning; once you've gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can have a word with him?

What do you think, does this have any relevance for a writer?

The Innkeeper


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