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Form vs Formula

Form vs Formula

19 June 2018

∀ “We feed all — we work for all!” ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   A heavy cocktail of blockage: perfectionism, formulas, performance anxiety. The cure?   “Write five circumstances in which you could use writing.” The point here is to acknowledge that there are things we wish we could write […]

Voice (cup exercise)

Voice (cup exercise)

12 June 2018

∀ Bobby! ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   We all have a voice. We just have to take in some air and as a breath our voice is born. Writing works the same. We all have something to say. We just have to give ourselves some time to face ourselves, and […]

Vulnerability

Vulnerability

5 June 2018

∀ Beautiful fan-fiction by Meibara34: Risking injury for a higher purpose + letting ourselves be healed + tending to another = being a hero. ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   Today’s exercise follows last week’s Honesty exercise. Cameron calls Vulnerability “honesty’s shy younger sister… the part of ourselves that renders us […]

Honesty

Honesty

29 May 2018

∀ “When keeping it real goes wrong” — by the indelible Dave Chappelle. ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   At my elementary school there were hung a series of one word banners along the main hallway from the entrance to the back of the school. One of those banners read “Honesty.” […]

Making it (part two: from you to inner writer)

Making it (part two: from you to inner writer)

22 May 2018

∀From the film Adaptation. by Charlie Kaufman. ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   “Using this tool will give you a chance to air your fears and grievances,” writes Jules C. “It will also give you a chance to offer reassurance and make plans.”   Last week was the cry baby boy […]

Making it (part one: from inner writer to you)

Making it (part one: from inner writer to you)

15 May 2018

∀From the film Adaptation. by Charlie Kaufman. ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   Damn! I am having this conversation more and more, so I am glad Julia Cameron assigned this two part initiation tool to the Writing Life. Just write. Just Write. Just WRITE. In part one, you will connect with […]

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 […]