I was advised decades ago by an instructor of a college course identified as Magazine Article Writing, to write every day in the same exact spot for at least five minutes. If I have nothing to write about, then write about that. So here it is.
I was advised forty long years ago by an instructor of a college course identified as Eng 104 Magazine Article Writing, to write every single day, parking myself in the same exact spot for at least five minutes. If I have nothing to write about, then write about that. So here it is.
I took a class on Magazine Article Writing, Eng 104 I think; We were advised to find a place to write and then to do so from this very same spot every day. The suggestion included the opinion that this daily activity should last for at least five minutes regardless of whether we have something to write about. And be sure he advised, to personalise the space.
I took a class on Magazine Article Writing in 1968. English 104 I believe was the catalogue nomenclature. Dr Alnut suggested that we find a place to write and then make it our own. A picture perhaps, an object from our childhood, a hand-made paper flower….We were asked to make a rule to visit this spot at least once a day and for at least five minutes. Writing was not to be considered obligatory nor was contact with that invisible part of Our Selves where Creativity hung out.
I took a class back in 1968 – I think that’s right – not that being right is in any way related to what I happen to be remembering at the moment; at least I don’t think so. I remember the class; it was all about how a creative writer can use all those extra hours to earn income so as to support the quest for the poetry, the songs and the one-act plays with which we planed to make our mark in the world. Magazine Article Writing it was. That’s right. People pay for that stuff, you know. And Dr Alnut (appropriately named, ) required little more than to at least consider his suggestion. And that was? Find a space to be used for writing. That’s right. And make it your home for at least five minutes a day. You will know this place as Home he told us because every time you approach it you will see something in that spot that only you can identify. Perhaps you’ll see that dried up acorn that you kept as a child the day you ran away from home and you hid under the post oaks by the stream waiting for the rain to stop and you knew it was time to leave the shelter when the squirrels came out of their hidey holes and one of them scolded you for stealing its dinner. Only you would know that, right? There may be a snap shot of a girl who never knew she was your sweetheart or the boy who always smiled at you but never said anything.
Do this for at least five minutes every day. Whether you write while you are there is an option. Being there is a rule; the only rule. And if you write, leave one mistake unedited. That last one wasn’t Dr Alnut’s rule; that was mine.