Wednesday, February 15, 2012

12 Tools & Rules I Learned in the First Chapters of Writing Down the Bones

T o o l s : 
"This is your equipment, like a hammer and nails to a carpenter, your writing tools are a necessary part of your life." - Natalie Goldberg

1. Get a fast pen.
Our minds process faster than our hands, so eliminate as much lag time as possible by choosing a pen that is both comfortable and speedy. Interesting right? 

2. Notebook choice is important.
When working with a deadline (whether your own or someone else's) opt for a cheap notebook. The more expensive it is, the more compelled you'll be to write something good all the time. Also, try out different types of paper: graphed, lined, blank, colored.

3. Computers are efficient, Handwriting is more connected. 
Depending on the type of writing you are doing, you may choose to go with one or the other. Golderg's observations are, computers allow you to writing faster yet produce black block lettering, thus making it less personal. Handwriting is more connected to the movement of the heart, however it is significantly slower. 

4. Voice record your thoughts. 
Speaking things out in the open can sometimes bring clarity and confidence. 

R u l e s :
“Nobody cares much whether you write or not. You just have to do it.” -Natalie Goldberg

5. Keep your hand moving.
This forces you out of control of your words and sentence structure. It lets you "get it out" before over analyzing.

6. Don't cross out anything.
Editing comes after spewing, as clean up comes after spilling. 

7. Lose control of your standards and ethics. 
Just write. When it's only you reading the rough draft of brainstorming and writing, don't fight the politics of society, grammar, and proper standards. Let it out and sensor later.

8. Don't think and don't get logical.
Again, it's forcing yourself to write outside the box of propriety. 

9. Go for the jugular. 
If something comes up in your writing that is scary, keep going. Beauty comes from the most vulnerable and undiscovered parts of us. 

E x t r a  T h o u g h t s :
10. "First thoughts have energy and are un-encumbered by ego..."
11. "No matter what you feel, write a little more."
12. "The definition of inspiration is 'breathing in.'"  

^^^Opinions, two-cents, questions and ramblings are welcome. And go above. Go ahead. Try it.

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