Wild Mind - Living the Writers Life

How much do I want to read more? 7/10

This book gives interesting views about writing. Like "tamming the wild mind". Those advice could be yours from your own experience. The author has a long history with writing, but she looks like an old friend when distilling her advices.
She's rather funny, and it's an interesting read.

One take away: When you start writing, keep the rythm, don't censor yourself, keep writing as it's coming, Surprise yourself. It's actually whay I'm doing when I write without knowing what will come out and I'm trying to catch up with the flow of my thoughts.


What writing practice, like Zen practice, does is bring you back to the natural state of mind, the wilderness of your mind where there are no refined rows of gladiolas. The mind is raw, full of energy, alive and hungry. It does not think in the way we were brought up to think—well-mannered, congenial.

Being a writer is a whole way of life, a way of seeing, thinking, being.
Writers are not available for teaching in the way a Zen master is available. We can take a class from a writer but it is not enough. In class, we don't see how a writer organizes her day or dreams up writing ideas.

1- The Rules of Writing Practice

they are the bottom line, the beginning of all writing, the foundation of learning to trust your own mind. Trusting your own mind is essential for writing. Words come out of the mind.

  1. "Keep your hand moving."
  2. "Be specific."
  3. "Lose control."
  4. "Don't think,"

1. Keep your hand moving

When you sit down to write, whether it's for ten minutes or an hour, once you begin, don't stop.
when we write, we mix up the editor and creator. Imagine your writing hand as the creator and the other hand as the editor.

"I drank whiskey…" The editor says to the creator, Don't let people know that. Instead: "Last night, I had a nice cup of warmed milk"
If you keep your creator hand moving, the editor can't catch up.
"Keep your hand moving" strengthens the creator.

2. Lose control

Say what you want to say. Don't worry if it's correct, polite, appropriate. turn toward authenticity.

3. Be specific

Not car, but Cadillac. Not fruit, but apple. Not bird, but wren. Not a codependent, neurotic man.

4. Don't think

We usually live in the realm of second or third thoughts, thoughts on thoughts, rather than in the realm of first thoughts, the real way we flash on something. Stay with the first flash.

5. Don't worry about punctuation, spelling, grammar

6. You are free to write At worst junk in America

free to write the worst junk in the universe, galaxy, world, hemisphere, Sahara Desert.

. Go for the jugular

If something scary comes up, go for it. That's where the energy is.
Hemingway said, "Write hard and clear about what hurts." Don't avoid it. It has all the energy.

It's better to figure out what you want to say in the actual act of writing.