Writing 101: Day One: stream-of-consciousness writing
The prompt quote:
You write because you have an idea in your mind that feels so genuine, so important, so true. And yet, by the time this idea passes through the different filters of your mind, and into your hand, and onto the page or computer screen — it becomes distorted, and it’s been diminished. The writing you end up with is an approximation, if you’re lucky, of whatever it was you really wanted to say.
– Author Khaled Hosseini, “How to Write,” the Atlantic
A ‘free write’ on free writing
So my mind just blanked out for a minute there, and I thought — good place to begin ! Right now, I’m wondering about the four simultaneous challenges I took upon myself, through the month of April, spread out on two blogs. Did I bite off more than I can chew ? Hmmm. As I plod on, daily, with a crashed laptop, (writing everything on my mini IPad and enjoying learning my way through it!), power shutdowns — minor ones thankfully, but wifi does go off then, water scarcity situation during these hot summer months, minor insomnia brought on by determination to somehow write my posts, no matter what the deadlines and how many times, I break them — deadlines! Remember a poster that I had gleefully stuck to my wall a few years back that said, “deadlines: they are dead lines!”. Still, deadlines are necessary as are routines and structures to let life move along somewhat smoothly amidst all the chaos around. Structured routines, however irritating are a place you could go back to when life feels ‘out of control’ ! Never thought I’d ever say this !
Are para breaks allowed in such writing?! Doing it for the convenience of readers who happen to visit! Does such writing warrantee a topic ? Surprisingly, ‘stream-of-consciousness writing’ and ‘free writing’ (is there a difference?) have their own ‘method in the madness’ type of logic. Somehow, the mind creates its own sense, after a while at least, as we evolve, I suppose. Anyhow, I’m not new to this. Many years ago, chanced upon a lovely book on creativity by Julia Cameron, titled, ‘ The Artist’s Way’, where she describes a process called, ‘Writing Pages’, to unlock creativity and kind of clear out from the subconscious whatever blocks the clear flow of thoughts. Simple really — get up in the morning, take a long notebook and without much ado — start writing with a pen or pencil, whatever comes to mind! This first task reminded me of this. I found it very, very cathartic. I found years of grief and pain pouring out of my pen and then they finally left me leaving behind some revealing insights and a vastly decluttered mind space. TRY IT everyday and some amazing things begin to happen.
Writing in -process !