Up this week on 10 Rules for Writers, resident caribou expert and poet Richard Kelly Kemick (check him out in our Spring 2013 issue!) gives us some tips on writhing and movement. Don’t forget about your limbs, writers!
1) Let it start from your core, a deep glow within you.
2) Act with direction yet allow space for spontaneous movements (push the furniture back).
3) Rhythm is what separates the pros from the amateurs, turning awkward actions into performance art. Feel free to get someone to critique.
4) Accept that most people won’t get why you’re doing this; a few good samaritans will even offer to get you help. Ignore them and continue.
5) Don’t over sell it. Let what you’re doing speak for itself. Most people have eyes and can see for themselves; the blind have a heightened sense of sound and will be able to hear all the commotion about you.
6) Take comfort in the fact that brilliant minds (and bodies) have successfully done this before: Dostoyevsky, Philip K. Dick, and Prince.
7) If the dry heaves come, where you’re attempting to force something to happen, you’re trying too hard. Get up. Stretch. And start again.
8) If your head hurts take some Aspirin and wear a helmet next time (and push the furniture back!)
9) Take breaks. It can be exhausting writing all day. Allow your body time to recover.
10) Make sure you properly understand what you are supposed to do before you do it. Otherwise your tips will flail around haphazardly, awkwardly hitting the cup of water off the table and then rolling around in the prickly glass.