Lesson 2A Lesson by Tantra Bensko
Now that you've put intellectual, purposeful thought into deciding what directions your unique vision requires of literary innovation, try relaxing by defocusing your eyes, breathing more slowly, letting your thoughts fade off into the distance, or inside in your depths.
Start writing the first thing that comes to mind, and let the rhythm of it carry you. Rhythm helps you draw things from your subconscious your regular conscious mind might bypass, and it also helps take the readers into an altered state. Musicality of prose is often under-rated, and most readers don't realize how much effort great writers put into the sound of the words.
Iambic pentameter often makes a nice sound, though grows tedious if you use it straight through. Just let the sound of the words, and the ease of being in an almost meditative state allow you to write something about an agenda, without judging it. Just play. No one else will see it. What is the playful part of your psyche like, and how is it different from the usual story?
Maybe you end up writing non-sense, but find whatever images and word combinations, juxtapositions of mood and fresh language intrigue you to take something from it and start over with that.
Maybe you really like what you write. Never consider the first draft the final copy, but especially not when it's spontaneous, trancy stuff. You need to put it away overnight, and go back to it in a sharp state of mind that does judge and cut and is hard on you.
Added on March 19, 2013
Last Updated on March 19, 2013
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