Thursday, October 22, 2009
Writing about Objects
What are boxes and what can you put inside? What needs to move outside? If you hide something inside, an opportunity to discover magic and mystery waits. How long can it wait?
Boxes also mean limitation but Jack-in-the-Boxes permit "out springing," Then discovery occurs.
From East of Eden by John Steinbeck:
You came upon me carving some kind of little figure out of wood and you said,
"Why don't you make something for me."
I asked what you wanted, and you said,
"To put things in"
"Whatever you have," you said.
"Well, here's your box. Nearly everything I have is in it, and it is not full. Pain and excitement are in it, and feeling good or bad and evil thoughts and good thoughts - the pleasure of design and some despair and the indescribable joy of creation. And on top of these are all the gratitude and love I have for you and it's still not full."
Creative Write: Write about an object that has meaning for you. Describe it in all its dimensions and see where the freewriting takes you.