Friday, January 22, 2010
Part of a Discussion in Boot Camp
THERE ARE THREE BASIC WAYS OF APPROACHING A STORY
Get an idea. Grab at it. Start writing.
This almost always results in a story which wasn't really what you wanted.
Or you, from the idea, plan, decide, manipulate, force.
This almost always results in a story which wasn't really what you wanted
and even if you end up with the story you THINK was what you wanted, it isn't.
And if it IS the story you wanted, it won't have soul or surprise
and it will look left-brained, plotted, manufactured, without heart
Get an idea (or feeling) save it, let it ferment and
connect, don't write it until it forces itself up out of you.
This is using the unconscious, the YOU of you. Who and what you are.
Use prompts and the pressure of time, no-time-to-think
so that the left-brain processes cannot be unleashed. The psyche
has to resort to primitive connections and these (approximately)
will be the deep stuff, the stuff you are.
Flashing from prompts is a way of accessing deep connections "at will" almost.
It's not the same as wallowing, nurturing, fermenting stories (sometimes for over a year)
but it DOES often catch the unexpected and the true rising up from within.