"A.J. Rose" (Jonathan) (ajrose93) wrote,
"A.J. Rose" (Jonathan)
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Two favorite writing exercises

93!

I may dig out my old writing posts and repost 'em here, 'cause I wish I'd saved 'em as LJ "memories" -- but in the meantime, here's a quickie; as I recall, these were suggested by old-time writing teacher Dorothea Brande (though don't hold me to that, 'cause several decades later I'm not certain any more). These two are particularly useful (judging from folks I've shared them with) for restarting the creative machine when it's blocked.

Each depends upon unvarying routine -- you're forcing the machine into gear. That said, each is unusually easy of that type.

1. Every day for two weeks, write one page a day, every day (I did two). This needn't be about anything significant at all; it can even be automatic writing; but, irrespective of quality, it HAS to be the type of writing you'd like to be doing (e.g., in my case it was fiction). Turn off your "internal editor" for this exercise; don't judge it at all, before, during, or after, until much later. These two weeks, and however long it takes you per session, just write a page a day.

The purpose of this exercise is to discipline yourself to write to a set length on demand.

Then:

2. Every day for the next two weeks, write for a half-hour a day, at the same time every day (I did an hour). This needn't be about anything significant at all; it can be automatic writing; but, irrespective of quality, it HAS to be the type of writing you'd like to be doing. Turn off your "internal editor" for this exercise; don't judge it at all, before, during, or after, until much later. These two weeks, and irrespective of length, just write for a half-hour a day, at the same hour every day.

The purpose of this exercise is to discipline yourself to write on demand, period.

As with all disciplines, the internal resistance to sticking with this may be very great, at first...but the results come by forcing yourself, hell or high water, to keep your "contract" with yourself. I started to predict likely results, but I'm not gonna; just see how it goes for you, if you're interested (and feel free to post or email feedback, if you like!).

Time is short, back to work, & hope some of you find this interesting and/or helpful. :D

93 93/93 -- Harried AJ, who promised to post this then got swamped, so don't expect mellifluousness, dagnabbit ;) Back to Volume Four (of 7): page 620, about 200 left to go, on schedule for mid-2007 EV. From small beginnings oft come logorrheic, uhh, ends. :)

P.S. "Duh" alert: I already included these, in reverse order, in my "Writerly Top 8" post last year: http://ajrose93.livejournal.com/36992.html
I still think this order might be better. Screw it, I'll save both posts & let you gods sort 'em out. ;)
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