Friday, March 22, 2019

Boy, Do I Have an Answer for You. Your First 15 Minutes Are Not Wasted





A comment from a fellow blog reader/writer: 


“I was interested in how you center yourself and clear your head prior to writing. I have had trouble clearing my mind in getting my ideas out. I truly do enjoy writing but it seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or hints?”
Okay, here goes. This is one of my favorite writing techniques. For those who have heard me speak of it, sorry to repeat myself, for those who haven’t, come, get on board.
This technique was coined by Julia Cameron in her book, The Artist Way. It is writing your “Morning Pages.”
Writing Morning Pages is a mind dump.
Morning Pages are an exercise is to write out what’s on your mind, that junk that likes to cycle and recycle.
Morning Pages are those first pages writers used to crumple up and vigorously heave into the wastepaper basket. Now, with the keyboard, we are missing that satisfying crumbling and throwing, and I suppose ripping the paper out of the typewriter has a satisfying ring to it. Using the keyboard is the same sort of writing though, without the throwing or ripping. 

Writing your thoughts instead of allowing them to circle allows you to put a period at the end of a sentence. Our fingers get tired of writing the same old thing over and over. That’s punishment, like sending a kid to the blackboard to write out the error of their ways. 
So, write for those 15 minutes, all the junk you don’t want anyone to see. Keep them or delete them.
You’ll find that after writing those few minutes, that you have exhausted your mind’s ramble, and something of importance begins to worm its way in.
I look at those pages as a sort of meditation/cleansing. And it tells your muse you mean business.
After I heard that the simple act of writing longhand (cursive) brings forth creativity, I now think we ought to write our morning pages longhand, Probably compose that way as well. But, we probably won’t. It’s easier to type, as I am now doing.
Apparently, there is a mind/brain connection with the act of writing with a pencil or pen. The movement of the arm connects the brain somehow, it is a feedback system.
I believe so strongly in Morning Pages, that I think non-writers ought to use them.
I’m thinking specifically of those individuals who will tell a story, then retell it, then tell it again. 
They have a mind loop.
I know they have a need to tell particular stories, for they have some latent emotional impact, often trauma. It’s a sort of Post Traumatic Syndrome. One psychologist commented, “Tell your stories as often as you want, but I think 10 times is enough.”
Put a period at the end of the sentence. 
Stop.



 

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Hemingway


 "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. If you read it you must stop where the slave Jim is stolen from the boys. That is the real end. The rest is just cheating. But it's the best book we've had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since." --Green Hills of Africa, pg 22

"My training was never to drink after dinner nor before I wrote nor while I was writing."

"Scott took LITERATURE too seriously. He never understood that it was just writing as well as you can and finishing what you start."

"Remember to put weather in your god dammed book--weather is very important."

I felt sorry for Hemingway when he said he hoped none of his letters were published, and there they were in Ernest Hemingway on Writing, edited by Larry W. Phillips.  He didn't want anyone but the addressed person to read them. However they give such a glimpse into the person he was, that we, the readers, are lucky.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Here's to Exuberating Spray on Your Face




Blogs are for dreamers, travelers, Mom’s, Dad’s Grandma’s (I’m one.) and anyone with fingers to push the keys. (Whoops I know a paraplegic who speaks his blog.) So there you have it, it’s for anyone who wishes to express themselves.

And for us, the reader, to find those blogs that add value to our lives.

Don’t you hate it when someone tells you they have achieved the very thing you have spent hours, days, years working for, and they did it with both arms tied behind their backs?

Like, that’s supposed to inspire us?

Or, of course, we can choose not to believe them. 

Trust your instincts.

Hype happens.

And for you artists, adventurers, explorers, wonderful people out there, remember the process is the thing.  Yeah, yeah, I know, you want to make money—actually you have to make money or you’ll starve, but regarding your art, think of it this way. The end result, the artifact, is the icing on the cake. Didn’t your juices flow when you were traipsing down the path toward your goal?


Gosh, I loved Serena Williams’ exuberance when she won the Wimbledon. That girl knows how to celebrate!  When you win, take it from Serena.

Tomorrow I’m driving from Eugene Oregon to Hood River Oregon. I’ll be staying at a motel there, and on their site is an ad that for $65.00 you can get a morning tour of the Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls. Multnomah Falls is one of my favorite places. On my way to Hood River, I will drive right past it.  

But, if you start at Hood River, you don’t need to spend 65 bucks, for if you drive West toward Portland, you’ll be driving through the Gorge, and right beside the freeway will be Multnomia Falls.  No tour needed. And even if you rent a car, you could do it for less than $65.00. 

When you get to the Falls, get out of your car and walk up and across the bridge that spans the falls. It is breathtaking.

Jo

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

"I Write It and Take My Chances."--John Steinbeck



Hello fellow writers,

You are probably that, writers, as you have come to this blog. Thank you so much for giving this your time and attention. I am honored. However, I was wondering what to offer you.

I know I have been neglecting this site while concentrating on other blogs. 



I do love you writers, bloggers or whatever. You don’t have to be a writer to show up here, and since you are here I feel I can take you into my confidence.


While working my way through Dominika and Cedric’s course, Trailblazer. I thought I knew what I wanted, but you know how it is with INNER WORK, sometime you find things you didn’t know you wanted. I knew I wanted to blog, and to write books, but I found that another area lit a fire under me.

After taking more seminars, workshops, courses, and training programs than you can shake a stick at. (Words of my mother. Although I still don’t know what that means.) I decided to see what I had soaked up. And what’s the point if you don’t apply it, or share it?

So, I’ve been writing my own course, not to copy the others that have come before me, but my own, and to find, in the process of writing, how I can be of service to others, and how it also applies to me.

I have two sites under construction, maybe eventually I will settle into my knitch. Few people know about these sites, you are the first I have told. I’ve gotten a few hits, at random I suppose.

https;//www.lightmy-fire.com



If you care to give them a look-see, great. No pressure, as I said, they are a work in process. If you care to give input, my email address is jewellshappytrails@gmail.com


By for now. Don’t be a stranger.
Joyce