Write Naked

One of the most fun things about attending a writer’s conference is taking a class with an instructor who approaches writing in the exact opposite way that you do.

Sunday, 8 am. There I was in Anne Randolph’s “Write Naked” class.
My mere presence in her class was the opposite of my usual method.
Those who write paranormal stories usually favor writing at night.
(who would have thought?)

The reason why she wanted us there in the morning is because our “filters” are off.
Her approach: Put a pen to paper, and off you go. Write something. Don’t think, don’t plan, just write.

I’m one of the most methodical, analytical writers you will ever meet.
I plan out my course of action before I type a word.
Hell, I even “edit” myself when I talk to people. I’m not disposed to brief snips of chit-chat (or I’d be on Twitter!)
When I say something, it’s deliberate. And I’ll use more than 140 characters to do it. 😈

The prime motivation of Anne’s class is to motivate those writers who are stuck in their progress. Free your mind. Get going. Write something. Every day.

I’m not one who is “stuck”, mind you. One day, I write. The other, I don’t. And I must say I somewhat disagree with one of her key points, that you should write every day, just to stay fresh. Yes, you have to learn the art of writing. By doing. But when you learn skills, the point is to retain them. Writing is like riding a bicycle. Once you get to a certain skill level, you are changed on a fundamental level.

Like work. I know my job so well, I can take a month off, then go back to work as if I’d never left. Hell, I could take a year off, and jump right back in. I kid you not.

So why in the world was I in her class?
To challenge my usual modus operandi (method of operation).
Could I just go in there, early Sunday morning, and bang out something straight from the dark recesses of my mind?

I came up with a tale about a suicidal Twilight fan touring Forks, who wants to die in the upstairs bedroom of the “Cullen house” (with all the attendant “Edward watching in the window” fantasies), and the tour bus driver is trying to talk her out of it.

I challenged myself, and succeeded. The above story is an intriguing and unique premise. Yes, I could invert my regular M.O. and still create.

Thank you, Anne Randolph, for allowing me to see the creative process from the “opposite side” of my usual method.

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5 Comments

  1. This is fantastic. I am so glad that you picked up some “free write” techniques. We need to come to our writing from all aspects of creativity. Delighted that you were in our class. Yes, at 8:00 a.m.!
    For your and anyone who makes a comment here, I’d love to offer a free workshop to try out what we do at http://www.KitchenTableWriting.com
    http://www.facebook.com/AnneRandolphWritingCoach

  2. Writing at night is so freeing in a way, but also diluted by the day’s events. I pretty much always write at night, but having a little time to write as soon as I wake up gives me the purest and clearest view into what Nicholas and Eliza in my book would actually do.

    Going to Backspace in November?

    • If anyone is a blank piece of paper at daybreak, it’s me. Morning finds me more with ideas and concepts than actual writing. I’ll ponder on the idea all day (while at work, ha ha) then commence writing in the evening.

      Wish I could go to NYC, but I’ve used up my vacation time and budget for this year. Then again, I can write a non-fiction book about driving a 52 year old car (with no air conditioning and AM radio only) from Denver, Colorado to Forks, Washington and back. How many people at Backspace can say that?

  3. LOVE THIS ADVICE! I love getting your email !!! THANKS, Emily


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