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I've always loved doing writing exercises... especially ones that give you plenty of rein. Restrictive exercises that tell you to write about this-this-then this are 100% ew. My favorite writing practice technique is listening to a song and letting loose with whatever spills out of my head at the same time. I've begun working with this whilst messing around with fanfiction and have had absolutely delicious results. Plurs, it's actually fun: something enjoyable to take away from the often choresome task of real “hardcore” writing. It's one of the best ways I've found perfect tone(or try to at least!) and to really get something out of song lyrics, beat/"notes", basically the feel of the music itself, that you may not have seen before.

The name of the game is rapidfire recording of ideas in response to the general feel of the music itself. That means no correcting, no spellcheck, no dictionary.com*sniff*, no “looking before you leap”....complete submersion without worrying about what's acceptable.

“I want to break free-ee....I want to break free!” Yeah, that kind of thing. The let-your-hair-down method. Spare the rod, spoil the author. When I do this I sometimes come out with words that don't even exist. I remember one sentense in a recent practice having the word 'epithistic' thrown in there- whever the hell that is. Where did that come from? It may have something to do with the particular type of music I was listening to but I'll get into that later.

So, yes...back to my method:

Before starting, I begin with a general idea for what I'll be speed writing. I usually like to take a really plyable character of mine and explore their mental perception of a random scene, be it within a current piece I've got going on or just completely off the wall random. Other times I'll decide to go crazy with imaginary, unwritten plotlines and flesh out a certain scene. Whatever I feel like getting into, I give it a light consideration before busting out the iPod.

Shuffle time. I never pick the songs unless I'm really “writing-writing” and going for a specific tone. Shuffle is an awsome tool for spontaneous idea combustion. If it starts with a song I like, great! If it starts with one I can't stand(but still haven't deleted from the blasted thing) or something unexpected, even better. Maybe the idea I had in mind to write about has absolutely NOTHING to do with the song. The goal is to try to get away from convention or what you'd usually do. In other words, to see what your brain does on autopilot.

I write from the moment the song begins to the moment it ends....usually. Writing without taking considerable pauses can be strangely challenging, but its most effective to try to get everything down quickly.

Here's a little sample from the product of paper + Nella Fantasia sung by Russel Watson:

"She is the daughter of Spain. White with glory. White with intoxicating purity, renewedness of the human spirit embodied in animal. Her nostrils flare. The body rises and falls with the pulsation of every fiber in perfect cadence with every other. There is life in her steps. Life in her eyes. Grass beneath her hooves tremble with rapture. Her gliding canter alone can eat away at the earth in a single stride. Her footsteps- the heartbeat of all the nations and governments of nature. And when they go at full will and force she is the life of the earth and the salt of every word breathed by divinity. Andalusia calls to solidify her existance and to keep the heartbeat of the world in pace."

Verrry different from what I'd churn out listening to "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist" XD

Back to Les Shatteréd(which BTW is due for it's first introduction and chapter this weekend ****MORE UPDATES SOON!***), ~TQ~
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