Friday, November 14, 2008

For Everyone Doing NaNoWriMo and All Us Crazy Dumbsaints

Jack Kerouac's Belief & Technique for Modern Prose

List of Essentials
  1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy
  2. Submissive to everything, open listening
  3. Try never get drunk outside yr own house
  4. Be in love with yr life
  5. Something that you feel will find its own form
  6. Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind
  7. Blow as deep as you want to blow
  8. Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind
  9. The unspeakable visions of the individual
  10. No time for poetry but exactly what is
  11. Visionary tics shivering in the chest
  12. In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you
  13. Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition
  14. Like Proust be an old teahead of time
  15. Telling the true story of the world in interior monolog
  16. The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye
  17. Write in recollection and amazement for yourself
  18. Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea
  19. Accept loss forever
  20. Believe in the holy contour of life
  21. Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind
  22. Don't think of words when you stop but to see picture better
  23. Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in yr morning
  24. No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge
  25. Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it
  26. Bookmovie is the movie in words, the visual American form
  27. In Praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Lonliness
  28. Composing wild, undisciplined, pure, coming in from under, crazier the better
  29. You're a Genius all the time
  30. Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored & Angeled in Heaven

3 comments:

William H. Appens said...

Take out the garbage the night before.

Enjoy things before they become work.

Love till you hurt your big toe while you climax.

Don't buy anything sold or processed, don't process anything bought or sold and don't sell anything bought or processed, unless its sustainable.

I like you more when your clever makes me shy.

Jane said...

Thank you, Saint Jack, as I limp through the last 10,000 words...

Artemis Rich said...

Uncle Jack is there for you, Jane. Just check your ego at the door.