Notes On Some Kinds Of Writing

Some kinds of writing require you to be in a critical frame of mind.

Some kinds of writing require you to be in a safe space.

Some kinds of writing require you to be in dialogue with the work of others.

Some kinds of writing require you to be patient.

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Some kinds of writing require you incrementally add and subtract.

Some kinds of writing require you to be open to surprise.

Some kinds of writing require you to build new concepts.

Some kinds of writing require you to multiply and amplify your thoughts.

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Some kinds of writing require you to distill ideas to their essence.

Some kinds of writing require you to call out the BS, telling it like it truly is.

Some kinds of writing require you to take your time, building tension and intrigue.

Some kinds of writing require you to work as fast as the moment burns bright.

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Some kinds of writing require you to fall flat. (But do get up and try again!)

Some kinds of writing require you to assume another voice, to be a ventriloquist.

Some kinds of writing require you to train at a threshold.

Some kinds of writing require you to map a territory that only materializes in its writing.

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Some kinds of writing require you to bridge the private and the public.

Some kinds of writing require you to remember and feel uncomfortable in the realization that the past is always somewhat present.

Some kinds of writing require you to be polyrhythmic–like a drummer playing four parts at the same time.

Some kinds of writing require you to realize that your audience probably won’t be resonating along with your words the way you are. They’re on their own pages.

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Some kinds of writing require you to see the nearness of your own writerly limitations. You’re fenced in by your word choices.

Some kinds of writing require you to make it textured or shiny to mimic and take on the affective form of your subject matter.

Some kinds of writing require you to hear the undertones beneath it–like the deep vibrational hums of a gong after it is struck.

Last but not least, some kinds of writing require you to be honest.

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