I published an article today about our loss of innocence with the signing of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution in 1964, effective giving the President the power to send troops into Vietnam without Congressional approval. You can see it here if you want.
But the reason I bring it up is because it is written in free-form, a stream of consciousness method where you just randomly toss out thoughts and brain messages without any concern for proper grammar or punctuation. The purpose is to see how many verbal images you can come up with about a significant event.
When you toss out the rules and just write, it is amazing how freeing it can be. Your imagination is given free rein and it is allowed to gallop across the page without restraints. I had a ball writing that article and I hope you give that technique a try as well.
By the way, on the subject of inspiration, the idea for that article came from the song “American Pie” by Don McLean, one of my favorites. Listen to it and you will get a better feeling for what I was trying to accomplish with my article. His song, as you may or may not know, is about the day the music died, or the day that Buddy Holly died in a plane crash, but it is also a nostalgic look back at the early 60’s, as is my article.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Great quote by Hendrix, and although it is about songwriting I think you’ll agree that it applies to writing as well. Keep your writing naked if you want the feelings to shine through.
TIP OF THE DAY
Use the free form, shotgun method to write 300 words about an event in your life. Don’t worry about grammar or spelling or punctuation….just let it flow. This is a great exercise in developing voice.
CONTEST OF THE DAY
The first annual Wild Light Contest for poets, sponsored by the Los Angeles Review….cash prize and inclusion in the Los Angeles Review. Check it out here.
PROMPT OF THE DAY
All five senses…what do they say about this picture? Now, free form writing for 300 words about it.
MONEY OF THE DAY
The Artsmith Residencies are taking applications for those interested in staying at a writer’s colony for a week in January, 2014. The Residency is in the beautiful San Juan Islands of Washington State, so you might want to take a look at this offering. You can find them here.
AND THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY MY FRIENDS
But I’ll be back on Thursday with more things to consider. You can always check out my other blog, A Moment With Bill, on the days I don’t post this blog. You can find that blog here.
As always, I greatly appreciate you taking the time to visit with me. I hope you found something worth keeping.
“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”