iván BRAVE

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Happiness

Happiness

8 May 2018

∀ This Goldfrapp song comes to mind ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   I feel like I wrote something like this before. Basically, this week’s exercise calls for a realignment. No more extreme emotion writing, simply happy. No delusions about grandeur, epic, brooding writing. No to writing that is supposed to […]

Being an open channel

Being an open channel

1 May 2018

∀ Lavender: what would it be like to walk through a field of you? ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   We know already, writing doesn’t come from within — well it does — but it comes from without: without excuses, without ego, without judgment. It flows. It flows through. It flows […]

Witness

Witness

24 April 2018

∀ Katy Perry’s latest album is titled Witness. Here’s a remix and a fan-made video for “Chain to the Rhythm.” ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   “So much of the loneliness of modern life comes because we no longer witness each other,” writes Cameron. “Our lives are led at such velocity […]

Sketching

Sketching

17 April 2018

∀ Art by Khalil Chishtee ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   The time is 7:56. I mark it because this exercise calls for ten minutes of pre-writing writing, a sort of stretch before the real run. The route I’m taking leads to what Cameron calls “simply sketching,” that is finding, out […]

Specificity

Specificity

10 April 2018

∀ Photo of Mies Van Der Rohe, the architect who once exclaimed, “God is in the details.” ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   (DISCLAIMER: “This tool is not intended to be high art or serious writing. It is simply an exercise in observation… writing of a rich timbre.”)   “Set aside […]

Drama

Drama

3 April 2018

∀Art from @Equis_SoyBonita ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   Today’s exercise is simple, write a list of one hundred things that you, personally, love. “Set aside one half hour. Settle yourself comfortably. Number from one to a hundred.” And then go. Below is my list. Cameron recommends we carry around this […]

Mood

Mood

27 March 2018

(From Alejandro Jodorowsky’s master work Poesía sin fin, where a group of artists lift their friend up and cheer, “Poeta! Poeta! Poeta!”)   Today’s writing exercise is titled “Mood,” from Julia Cameron’s Right to Write. She asks that you enter a mood, and write in it for ten minutes — stop — then after five […]

This Writing Life

This Writing Life

20 March 2018

(Pictured above, Andrei Rublev, who once said, “I am what I am.”)   Two weeks ago I finished the last in a series of essays from the NY Times personal essay prompts, and have since, every day, been mulling over the possibility of continuing this blog through some other means. Last week I posted a […]

642. “What Would You Like to Learn on Your Own?”

642. “What Would You Like to Learn on Your Own?”

6 March 2018

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   642. “What Would You Like to Learn on Your Own?”   I would like to learn to be humble. I would like to learn to be less vain. I would like to learn how to help more people. I […]

629. “Why Should We Care About Events in Other Parts of the World?”

629. “Why Should We Care About Events in Other Parts of the World?”

27 February 2018

(Image pulled from Adrian Schoonmaker’s blog)   In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   629. “Why Should We Care About Events in Other Parts of the World?”   We should care for one reason: Connection.   It’s too easy to shut ourselves in. It’s too easy […]

618. “What Would You Risk Your Life For?”

618. “What Would You Risk Your Life For?”

20 February 2018

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   618. “What Would You Risk Your Life For?”   In Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzakis writes that there are two ways to live: as if every moment were your first, or as if at any moment you might die. […]

609. “How Green Are You?”

609. “How Green Are You?”

13 February 2018

(Image from Miniature Photography)   In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   613. “How Green Are You?”   Yesterday we lost a plant. His friend the Golden Devil and I mourned with our fingers in the soil. Dolefully we entered a World of Flowers, and from […]

606. “Why Do We Love Watching Animal Videos So Much?”

606. “Why Do We Love Watching Animal Videos So Much?”

6 February 2018

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   606. “Why Do We Love Watching Animal Videos So Much?”     It’s confusing. I don’t know why we love watching them, for many reasons? I don’t know why people upload them, to share? Keyboard cat is often on […]

597. “How Important Is It to Have a Driver’s License?”

597. “How Important Is It to Have a Driver’s License?”

30 January 2018

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   597. “How Important Is It to Have a Driver’s License?”   Like super doper.   But for real. This is America. And one must learn to drive a car, and one must have (no need to carry) one’s image […]

596. “What Are the Best Things You’ve Acquired Secondhand?”

596. “What Are the Best Things You’ve Acquired Secondhand?”

23 January 2018

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   596. “What Are the Best Things You’ve Acquired Secondhand?”   Usually gifts, used books, and hand me down clothes, the miscellaneous trinkets that surround my everyday, like,   Two angels, one straw and one clay, from my grandmother. A […]