Each Sunday at my LOL: LITERARY OUTLAWS for LIBERATION creation circle, I give a lesson and short sermon. Each of these are tools you can use to develop new work and generate text and find your stories within. Here’s what I’ve discussed so far:
- SPIRAL WRITING — I spiral write to include the many dimensions of self and consciousness. As I write into the spiral I zoom into my dreams and feelings and soul, as I write in progressively outer rings, I include my body, surroundings, places, memories, sky, earth, stars, planets, lifetimes ago, politics, all of the outer realms. I have one large notebook where I free hand draw five ring spirals, write it, then color it. I will bring this notebook to show you.
- ACTION WRITING – I action write on large paper with no lines. I lay down or lean on table, wall or floor. I spread my wings, close my eyes, use a fast graphite or marker, and let it flow. This is a full body experience. Breathing into the floor, feeling my heart’s weight on the paper. Writing as fast as I can and always filling up the paper. This is the beginning of CAVEWORK, marking the walls of your cave with the shadow of your heart. Later, transcribing.
- CORAGGIO – take heart. from “cor” Latin for heart. courage in our voices and stories and poems and songs and beings. channel our inner Tarzan, beat the chest with courage. Speak.
- EMPTY THE VESSEL: Before writing a new song or poem, I “empty the vessel.” I do this by clearing my mind, exhaling, walking alone in moonlight with no cell phone, no distraction, walking a repetitive pattern in a safe place (safe roof, safe yard, safe playground or court, etc..) I walk in a large circle or a back and forth pattern, breathe, swing arms, let my mind vacate.
- LOST and FOUND: I got this exercise from a cancer survivor writing group called LIFE LAB, teacher David Stoler.
1. Fold an 8×10 piece of paper into three long columns.
2. Then fold it over the short way in half.
3. Open it. You will have 6 boxes.
4. Randomly write either the word LOST or the word FOUND in each box.
5. Then write one thing that you can lose or find in each box. Example: my mind, my keys, my virginity, my spirituality, my creativity, my mother, my memory, my neighborhood…
6. On the back of the paper, in each box, write a place that has meaning for you, with detail. Ex: Room 612 at Sloan-Kettering. My mother’s blue kitchen. Gina’s bedroom.
7. Then on another piece of paper, write the sentences that are formed when you match the front and back of each box. Ex: I lost my mind in Gina’s bedroom.
8. Now that you have six writing prompts. Write a piece (story, song, poem, free write) for each of the six lines. As you write, make it true. Find the truth there is to find.