Don’t Forget to Play

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The other night in class, my teacher gave us an excellent reminder. I’m passing it along to you.

It takes a while to learn to write, he said. Some people dive right into a novel and teach themselves by writing. Some write five or six novels and never learn a thing. Some get so intent on the project they forget to play.

When you’re not being so serious and you’re letting chance come in, the magic happens.

Open up. Don’t govern the work. Wander around. Bang into it.

Trust yourself.

Let the magic happen.


3 thoughts on “Don’t Forget to Play

    c.g.reyes said:
    October 23, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Hi Amy – thanks for that reminder. I’ve been noticing my writing is not where I’d like it to be, but I’m still learning and the more I right the more I learn. But I have to remember to let loose and have fun!

    tahliaN said:
    October 25, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I won’t forget. Thanks for the reminder.

    hitmewiththeax said:
    November 12, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    I completely agree.

    “I don’t even like rhythm, assonance, all that stuff. You just go on your nerve. If someone’s chasing you down the street with a knife you just run, you don’t turn around and shout, “Give it up! I was a track star for Mineola Prep.” – Frank O’hara

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