On Tuesday, I talked about the practice of writing practice, and I mentioned Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones. So, I thought for our prompt today, I’d pull something from her book that has more practical application.
I think most of us are familiar with the concept of free-writing, or writing for a certain length of time without stopping. The idea is to get the creative juices flowing without editing yourself. Here’s Goldberg’s suggested process (pg. 10):
1. Keep your hand moving. Don’t pause to re-read what you’ve already written.
2. Don’t cross out/delete anything.
3. Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar.
4. Lose control.
5. Don’t think. Don’t be logical.
6. Go for the jugular. If it’s something scary or raw, dive into it.
She suggests doing this for at least ten minutes every day. Here are a few topics she suggests, or you can choose your own:
• Choose a color, take a walk, notice anything that color, and come home and write about those things.
• Visualize a place you love, be there, see the details. Write.
• Open a poetry book to any page. Grab a line, write it down, and continue from there.
• Write “I remember…” Write anything that comes to mind—big memories, small memories, tangents about memories. Whatever.
Now, it’s your turn. Find ten minutes and go write. Don’t stop yourself. Just have fun and let the creative juices flow. Go!