WRITING TIP: Invisible assumptions

writing tipInvisible assumptions form the foundation of every piece of writing, creating an inevitability to the direction it takes. These underground paradigms have a profound impact on the conclusions we reach. Imagine how different a piece of writing would be if it were written from the assumption that all beings are Buddhas in disguise versus all beings are thieves in disguise? It’s a powerful — and expansive — practice to try looking at your topic through the lens of a new assumption. An easy way to do this is to think of someone you know — like your high school biology teacher, your ten-year-old neighbor or the Dalai Lama — and see your topic through their eyes.