Friday, March 13, 2009

March 13: On Spontaneous Writing

Today's Kerouaction

Kerouac developed what he called "spontaneous prose." In "Essentials of Spontaneous Prose," describing what he called "LAG IN PROCEDURE," he said, "No pause to think of proper word but the infantile pileup of scatological buildup words till satisfaction is gained, which will turn out to be a great appending rhythm to a thought and be in accordance with Great Law of timing."

Today, in your journal, do some spontaneous writing. Put pen to paper and write for 5 minutes, non-stop, no editing, no stopping.

More straight from Jack:

"Begin not from preconceived idea of what to say."

"Do not afterthink except for poetic or P. S. reasons."

3 comments:

Crystal said...

At dusk it becomes very bleak looking, come March in Maine. The only color you can squeeze out of the stark landscape is a tint of red on the southwestern sky, as the sun sets behind the shadowy row of trees across the frozen lake. Dirty black and white snow banks hold dead looking oaks, maples, and beech trees rising out of them. An occasional black crow is seen scavenging, and even the color you got earlier from the bright bluejays is now long gone. There’s Emmylou Harris singing Cold Cold Heart lowly in the background and the only sign of warmth in the whole scene is the fire flaring and crackling from the corner of the room.

Rick Dale, author of The Beat Handbook said...

Nicely done! Too bad you're not eligible for a book (yet)! 143!

Ricky Peterson said...

Very informative article.Creative writer can simply pull out there pen and paper and start scribbling. Any place is the best suited for creative writers.Spontaneous writing means you don’t miss out on any details.Pick up a place where you are comfortable and start writing. Even ready to write aricle at 2’O clock in night. “Actions speaks louder than words”, the reverse is true especially when you are not eye-to-eye with a person. For more details refer Spontaneous writing