||[Mar. 4th, 2004|07:11 am]
Miss Von Trapp
This was actually a reply I posted to one of my friends, but I thought I'd share it here as well in the vain hope that others on my friends list would find it useful;)|
(proper theatre-based post when I get up again 'round 2pm-ish)
Thought Essays and writing in general
I would certainly recommend setting a mood for writing...nobody could hope to produce decent material in an area which is akin to my data-processing environment...'plug in cd, zone out, type like a mentalist'... No mental room to think about anything mundane, let alone an intrinsically creative process...
I was reminded just now of a process which my ex-bf (graduate of Liverpool University, English Lit...with a first, the swine!) undertook with the instruction of his professor, Bernard Beatty.
He was told to sit in a comfortable chair, with the lights dimmed or candle-light (we had candles) and to attempt a method of exploration called a 'Thought Essay'
I asked him to remind me what that actually meant...I was present at the time, and it was quite a profound experience of thought-process...
To paraphrase what he told me:
"The thought essay wasn't a planned essay, but the idea was to transcribe and present for the tutor a clear and mappable session of thought : one of the questions to ponder was 'what is a now?'/'what is a moment'. They were anti-essays in a sense because they were specifically and deliberately unplanned and were instead the transcription of a set period of reflection on the given topic."
While it is not a practical method of essay-writing as such, it can be used to formulate ideas and get you 'in the zone' as 'twere...
Off to evaluate my own mental processes...ahh the somnambulistic stumble into slumber!!!