I received an email yesterday, asking. “How do you begin?
The answer, Linda, is deceptively simple. “Writing Practice,” “Stream of consciousness”, “Timed writings”, “Morning Pages”
Below is the best definition of writing practice that I’ve ever found.
The 7 Rules for Writing Practice (10-minute timed writings) from Wild Mind, by Natalie Goldberg.
- Keep your hand moving. Keeps the inner critic quiet.
- Lose control. Say what you want to say.
- Be specific. Not bird, but wren. Get below the pop psychology labels and be specific to that person.
- Don’t think. Keep to your first thoughts.
- Don’t worry about punctuation, spelling and grammar.
- You are free to write the worst junk in America.
- Go for the jugular. If something scary comes up, go for it. That’s where the energy is.
Here, Natalie writes “…you are now capable of writing a novel or a short story because you have the fundamental tools. Think of something now that you sincerely want to tell and go ahead and tell it.”
Oh, I wish it were that easy! The two main things not covered in these rules, and yes, I will deal with them in other posts, (see https://kathykolada.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/youarealreadyawriter/ ) are learning to tell a story, and learning to see reality as it really is. Most people aren’t very good at storytelling, having never practiced. Just as everyone assumes they can tell a joke, and they have a great sense of humor, everyone assumes they know how to effectively tell a story. In reality, most can’t. In the linked post I advised daily practice of flash fiction, to get you used to, and good at, telling stories.
Welcome you to a challenging, but fun, endeavor, Linda
Good luck and God bless.