Thursday, July 21, 2011

Baggott & Asher Writerly Boot Camp. Day 18.

the stripped down version.
No frills.

[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.)

1. 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 YOUR conception and one associated with your birth.

Jot a memory of slapping someone or being slapped.

A trip from your childhood.

Favorite hiding places.

Something you shouldn't have eaten.

Setting up two people you thought should be together.

Rumors -- destructive or to boost cred...

2. The Quote. Everyday I will provide a quote and either a little rant on it or an exercise paired with it.

“What is remembered becomes reality.” Patricia Hempl

Take the memories above -- choose one. Bring it to someone who might actually have their own version. Hash it out. What's true? What's false? Mainly, what makes the best narrative?

3. Quilting Exercise.

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