Tuesdays with Story
April 21, 2016
BITS AND BOPS
Last night I attended a presentation by Henry David Huang (Madame Butterfly, Chinglish), who is a Pulitzer nominated and Tony award winning playwright . He is a brilliant writer and speaker, and enlighten the crowd in a number of ways. One take away from the talk was about a technique for tapping into the sub-conscience mind where the really good stuff festers. The technique he learned from Sam Shepard (Top Gun, Steel Magnolias), was to write as fast as you can. This technique prevents the conscience mind from constantly criticizing and self editing. I had to write a one page paper summarizing the talk, so I decided to try the technique. Before I thought of trying the technique, I stared at the blank page wondering what the hell am I going to write. Then the idea hit me to try just writing fast. I quickly blasted through three pages in eight minutes and at the end I was amazed at what I had written. Of course there were plenty of missed commas and a lack of structural flow, but there was great content that I had recalled from the previous night. Not sure if anyone has tried this but I found it very useful.
Who’s up next . . .
May 3: Pat Edwards (???), Eva Mays (chapter 4, Dhuoda), Bob Kralapp (short story, part 2, “Wings”), Amber Boudreau (???), and Kashmira Sheth (YA novel chapters, Journey to Swaraj), and John Schneller (???).
May 17: Mike Austin (chapter, Before I Leave), Millie Mader (poem), Hannah Marshall (poems), Kashmira Sheth (chapters, Journey to Swaraj), Judith McNeil (short story, part 2, “Just Visiting”), Cindi Dyke (chapter 26, North Road), Jerry Peterson (short story, part 2, “Digging in the Dirt”). (more…)