I am drawn to writers and artists with imperfect styles and quirky combinations of form.
My memoir is not written in a linear fashion. Instead, it is a juxtaposition of story, letters, and dreams.
I have any number of books in my library that I love because I can start on any page and dive right in at that point without skipping a beat.
I’m really having fun with this!
Playing with writing tools and materials…a variety pens, pencils, notebooks, journals. Watercolor paper…watercolor paper of different sizes or canvases to write on and then add paint, oil pastels. Trying out new materials that I have never or infrequently used–like using a feather or a stick from the beach or woods to paint words on a canvas…well, I have all the permission in the world (my own!) to go wild and just play for play’s sake!
I’ve started to intentionally try to write badly….to let colors run together. Lets see–what colors am I drawn as I sit looking at a palette of watercolor or acrylic paints. Who says this color goes with that.
Who says that prose needs to be written this way and poetry doesn’t include long sentences that run together??
I remember…attending a weekend poetry workshop a number of years ago. The poet leading the workshop brought along her publication filled with her poetry. She used her poetry as the model for how we should all write poetry. When I talked to her individually about my poetics at the time she said, “oh, this is lyrical.” [I took her statement “oh, this is lyrical” as a HUGE CRITICISM and stopped writing poetry for a while.]
Now I intentionally write bad poetry. My own unique form of poetics. I still attend poetry workshops from time to time. The difference between now and when I was told, “oh, this is lyrical” is that I enjoy my style, sharing my unique voice, and I have learned that ‘not all criticisms are worth being listened to and acted on.’
I have a lot to learn about bad writing, moving counter to the music, or letting colors run together as I paint. I’m excited about the many possibilities that will rise up as part of that learning curve.
Want to give bad writing a try?
Pick up a pen, pencil, paper, notebook, or journal…
Start writing with the intention of writing badly…notice what happens.
There are no limits or rules for what materials you can use…
If you want, add a splash of paint, paste an image or two into the mix that you have torn out of a magazine, doodle, draw a quick sketch and add some more bad writing.
I would love to hear how this experiment turns out for you. I’m excited!
p.s. this blog post is bad writing!?**#