Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Baggott & Asher Writerly Boot Camp. Day 17.

Okay, I've lost it.

Today, you might go down.

[If you find yourself here, baffled, lost, disoriented,

here's the link to the post that might clarify
what you've just stumbled upon --
complete with pic of Louis Gossett Jr.
and Richard Gere.]

(A small note: If you want to share your bits, head on over to the Facebook.
I'm there at this link.)

Memory Exercise. This is designed to guide you (goad you) into mucking around where the important, psychologically resonant stuff is stored.

Today, jot a memory associated with frogs, snakes and write down your earliest childhood memory.

Your three top cheating stories -- yours or through the grapevine -- how they were found out, caught, and/or confronted.

War. When did you first understand it?

Lying. You've told whoppers. I know it. What have you lied about in big bold ways. What are you lying about now -- in some small way? What are you withholding from the world?

First time you saw nude person of opposite sex.

First kiss.

First time.

Memory of curtains, getting lost, your first best friend.

2. Eavesdropping? I'm cutting this today.
3. Reading as a writer. CHOPPED.
4. Image Exercise. NOPE.
5. The Quote. YES:

“Rationality squeezes out much that is rich and juicy and fascinating.” Anne Lamott

Take three of the exercises above -- and twist them into something magical, otherwordly, odd.

6. Quilting Exercise. This will always be the same but the parts will change daily.

Pick and choose from the things you've jotted so far -- those disparate elements -- and use them to create something. But don't force it too hard. Have some faith in the resonance of these things in and of themselves. These elements have all been dredged to the surface. They're bobbing in your brain. Start writing something even if you don't know what it is. Let these things bounce in and out. Work. Row.

Remember: If this works for you in some way -- this daily jump start --
and the writing that comes of it startles you in a good way --
then you might want to sign up for THE WRITING REGIMENS at THE SOUTHEAST REVIEW. It's super cheap and very smart and jammed with great resources and pep talks and exercises. Brilliant stuff and a great way to support a literary magazine at the same time.
(They also have contests and post winning works by regimen participants
so a good way to get published.)
If you want to know when the next one is, email