Writing Zazen

Monday, 8 January 2007

30 Ways To Help You Write

Filed under: Writing Zazen - 30 Ways — Silent Warrior @ 7:51 pm

This is the first experiment and my favorite writing exercise from the book “30 Ways To Help You Write” by Fran Weber Shaw, PH.D

Experiment 1: Write free-flow for the pleasure of now

“Now I’m Sitting Here”
1. Sit comfortably, perhaps outdoors. Write across the top of your pad: “NOW I’M SITTING HERE AND,” Put down your pad and pen. Read steps 2,3, and 4, and try them.

Relax, Head to Toe
2. Close your eyes, and allow the muscles of your face to relax. Move down your body, naming to yourself each part and suggesting it relax. It’s as if tensions can drain down and out your feet. (Don’t worry about how much you can relax — that’s not important.)

Listen
3. REALLY LISTEN to sounds from all directions, as if nothing else matters but hearing everything.

Write nonstop
4. Very slowly open your eyes. Pick up your pen and start “TALKING” nonstop on the page. When you don’t know what to say next, DESCRIBE sounds, smells, tastes, tactile sensations, and sights now. Keep your pen moving for two pages, and stop.

5. Read through, and underline highlights, anything you like, whatever strikes you. (To take it further, use he or she instead of I; or See “Shaping What Comes,” under the category Writing Zazen – 30 Ways.)

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