Thursday, September 1, 2011

Writing as a Practice [WDB:NG2005]

This is the practice school of writing. Like running, the more you do it, the better you get at it. Some days you don't want to run and you resist every step of the three miles, but you do it anyway. You practice whether you want to or not. You don't wait around for inspiration and a deep desire to run. --- p. 14

This is a widely accepted approach to "practice". Yet, there are some techniques, that I will discuss later, to keep this willpower requirement under control.

One of the main aims in writing practice is to learn to trust your own mind and body; to grow patient and non-aggressive. Art lives in the Big World. One poem or story does not matter one way or the other. It is the process of writing and life that matters. ...

... This writing practice is also a warm-up for anything else you might want to write. It is the bottom-line, the most primitive, essential beginning of writing. The trust you learn in your own voice can be directed then into a business letter, a novel, a Ph.D. dissertation, a play, a memoir. But it is something you must come back to again and again. ...

Writing practice embraces your whole life and doesn't demand any logical form: no chapter 19 following the action in chapter 18. It's a place that you can come to wild and unbridled, ... It is undirected and has to do with all of you right in your present moment. --- pp.16-17

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