Wednesday, November 26, 2003

wrting practice

Some good writerly reading at The Sun magazine including
Keep The Hand Moving. Natalie Goldberg on Zen and the Art of Writing Practice.

"I consider writing an athletic activity; the more you practice the better you get at it…. All the other rules of writing practice support that primary rule of keeping your hand moving"

The Sunbeams are a good collection of writerly aphorisms. And the Reader's Write
Laughter was a timely read.

A neurological look at hypergraphia " the medical term for an overpowering desire to write."
How can both neuroscience and literature bear on the question of what makes writers not only able, but want, even need, to write? How can we understand the outpouring of authors like Joyce Carol Oates or Stephen King? Why does John Updike see a blank sheet of paper as radiant, the sun rising in the morning? (As William Pritchard said of him, "He must have had an unpublished thought, but you couldn't tell it.") This seems -- and is -- an unbelievably complex psychological trait.
Writing Like Crazy: a Word on the Brain By Alice Weaver Flaherty
(via Jerz's Literacy Weblog)

wonder if there's a hyperblogia variation of hypergraphia for the overbloggers of hyperspace?

Comments: wrting practice

Writing as an athletic activity? If only I could somehow work out a way to type with my hips!
Posted by wen at November 26, 2003 09:06 PM

I thought everyone did ;)

actually I heard once that such athletic typing might prevent RSI? While this was related to pianists and other musos, there might be something in that...
Posted by boynton at November 27, 2003 04:57 PM

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