Rough and Raw Writing Recipe
pen or pencil
lined or blank paged notebook
Preparation: Put aside 45 minutes of every day
for non-stop writing. At the end of every writing
session, close your notebook and don't read what
you wrote. Do this every day for a week. At the end
of the week you may read what you wrote.
Although, people take to page and pen, as naturally as, a painter takes to color and canvas; writing is not innate. It is a skill that must be perfected. With that said, those of us who have discover that the page is their stage for interpretation of inner and outer worlds of fantasy and reality, will find on these pixelled lines a practical path to poetry.
Every writer has a preferred way to jot down thoughts. Some use a computer keyboard; some use a pencil or pen and some use color or charcoal. For this exercise you will need a notebook and writing implement. I personally use notebooks that have blank pages, because I feel that pre-drawn lines constrict my flow of thought, but others feel quite the opposite, the pre-drawn line comforts and carries them.
Today in this Writing Room, we meet as poet practitioners of thought, emotion, and observation. This meeting places the foundation stone of a shared practice.
Requirements are that each one of us at all times carries a writing implement and a surface to jot down whatever thoughts demand to be noted.
Poetry practice is a commitment and if you have chosen to make this commitment, it means that regardless of what mood you wake up in, how frustrated you become, what your workplace and/or family demand of you, how in or out of love you may be, or whatever other excuse comes to mind you will write.
Writing demands discipline and discipline demands action. The writing challenge that we are going to attempt this week is the following:
For the next week you will write for at least 45 minutes every day whatever time of day it may be. Some of you may want to write first thing in the morning when dreams of the night still linger. Others may have different intervals of the day that are their most productive and others may be motivated by the dallying hours of light or the darkening hours of night. If your day is divided, you may find it easier to divide your writing time into increments: fifteen minutes here, twenty five minutes there... Whatever you decide, let it be a time that you won't be disturbed.
Rough and Raw Write: This is an exercise in "free writing". "Free writing?" "Write about what?" Write whatever enters your mind: fragments of thought, chains of thought, wiggles and giggles of words, feelings, memories, questions , answers, philosophies, opinions... or... write about what is sticking to your pan of thought from previous events of the meandering moments of your day, what arouses your curiosities or what has disturbed trains of thought, a unique face or special place, something overheard or a sorrow felt or deferred, write of a taste of time or a spice of rhyme, of nothingness or greatness - mind to pen. Your lines may flow and grow in prose or gather leaves of a poetry, but shape and form are not the purpose of this write - practice is.
This exercise is to train your penhand and mind to become one. With pen to page try to write in detail, as specific and concrete as you can. Don't worry about sounding poetic - this is a journey into nether. Awaken your senses. Focus on taste, smell, sight, sound, texture and touch.
There is only one rule that you must abide by: Never stop in mid write - no erasing, no checking grammar, no reading what you wrote...
This exercise is to engage the imagination - the most magnificent miracle of Man.
This Rough and Raw write is to be repeated every day for a week. At the end of the week, read what you wrote and underline or mark words, phrases or lines that may be branches or leaves of a poetry or sprouting stems of a poem or verse.