Woodworking is a strategic craft. It often starts with a plan, but it may start with a irresistible chunk of raw wood that seems destined to be an expression of beauty. In either case, the goals are formulated, the steps outlined and the tools sharpened. Perfecting the craft itself isn’t much different. The woodworking his or her self is the block of uncut wood, molded and shaped through years of practice, mentorship and gobs of quantity time with other devotees of the art. Together, it is the Way of the Craftsman – patient yet active, contemplative yet expressive.
It’s also the way that I approach writing. I believe many others do as well, but I very much wish that this view was universal.