Saturday, 7 April 2012

Free writing.

Funny, now I've started writing something, I'm set to go. Well, there's a moral there: just do it. I specially like the environment at Chelsea Library, though, very conducive to writing, but would do better with a coffee place. Although I suppose that coffee and books may not mix.

Six minutes to go. Save your work, it's warned me. So polite. Lots of interesting books to read, once you start ferreting.

I read an article by the Third Sector Research Centre - interesting thesis about the need for strategic narrative (strategic true stories)? I want to respond with other ideas:
- space contested by other sectors as well as within the sector.
- links with network theory, social media
- is what we are doing with the consortia big narrative? are we still about defense and resilience?

Also taken by some of Michael Rosen's writing and would really like to see Under the Cranes on 29th April.

Literary Theory: Titles

Was searching for some books about poetics but haven't found anything yet at the local library.

I did come across the following in the reference section:

Modern Literary Theory Philip Rice & Patricia Waugh (Editors) 4th Edition reprinted 2002 Publishers: Arnold ISBN 13: 978 0 340 76191 5 (801 MOD)

Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory Peter Barry 3rd Edition 2009 Manchester University Press ISBN 13: 978 0 7190 7927 6 (801.95)

Literary Theory: An Introduction Terry Eagleton 2nd Edition reprinted 2001 Blackwell Publishers ISBN 10: 0 631 20188 2 (801 EAG)

Contemporary Literary Theory Jermy Hawthorn reprinted 1993 Edward Arnold (Hodder & Stoughton) ISBN: 0 340 53911 9 (801 HAW)

Will add more later.

Getting Ready to Write

The Writer's Ideas Book (includes more than 400 prompts - yay)
Jack Heffron, 2000, Writer's Digest Books, Cincinnati, Ohio ISBN 13: 978 1 58297 179 7 You'll find it in the Reference Section at Chelsea Library (Old Town Hall) Category 808.02

Warm-Ups - say, ten minutes.
Prompt 1 - Write at least three paragraphs in your journal - the day's events or plans, ideas you've been thinking about. Never get past the journal? Set a limit - one page or fifteen minutes.
Prompt 2 - Read one page from a book you enjoy - especially poetry. Good for writing at the end of the day.
Prompt 3 - Dive into this book :)

Creativity Techniques
1. Freewriting - focus on a specific topic and write everything you can think of without pause. Add a time limit.
2. Brainstorming - less structured - write anything that comes into your mind.
3. Automatic Writing - if it works for you, use it (maybe after a joint?)
4. Listing
5. Clustering - webbing, mapping etc, you know the thing.
6. Cave writing - mix words and pictures, go mad and use your non-dominant hand and big crayons. Memory/inspiration - the course at Clapham and Battersea AEI.
7. Cut and Paste - what it says on the tin. Write some stuff, chop it up and arrange in a different order. Add fondant icing and head for diabetes junction. Popularised by the Beats, it says.
8. Mix and Match - select from column a, b, c, d etc and find a fun way to start seeing connections. NB not an evening where you swap your cast offs for other people's.
1. Write down every idea you've ever had but didn't use. Keep adding (reminder: the Knitting blog - furtherfield exhibition)