Monday, February 2, 2009

the folly of thinking

I am going through the process of minor rewrites on my story "Hugs from Pearl".

The story itself was put down all in a rush, as if it were a natural birth from my mind. (Or perhaps a belch from the brain.)

Unfortunately, rewriting requires judgement and intellect, probably the dullest combo around. The story can loose its soul pretty quickly if one is not vigilant.

I'm reminded of a zen-like poem:

A centipede was happy quite,
Until a frog in fun
Said, "Pray, which leg comes after which?"
This raised her mind to such a pitch,
She lay distracted in the ditch
Considering how to run.
-- Anonymous

Curiously enough, I was hard-up against a change-resistant paragraph when I took a break to get some groceries. I hadn't walked two blocks before the solution slid into my consciousness.

This wasn't the first time that has happened to me. It seems walking turns OFF the brain. Or at least that part of the mind that sweats and struggles and over thinks and focuses on trivialities.

The analyzing mind. The editing mind. That impediment to the creative state.

The same is true I've found, while painting or drawing. By-passing the mind and opening up that conduit that flows from the senses to the hand. That is when honesty is achieved.

That's when it gets fun, too.


Lily Cate said...

Yep. Driving, too. Any type of moving helps me, really, when the landscape is changing, and I can look at something from different angles- literally.

Paul said...

Right on Lily. My daughter used to be almost transformed while swinging on a swing. Stream of consciousness singing, silly chatter, oozing creativity. I should give that a try, too.
And thanks for the link on your blog!

CocoaStomp said...

I love that sketch.

Cupcakes also help turn off the brain. And doing the dishes. Your own dishes. Not other people's.

Paul said...

Cupcakes Jaime? Brilliant.
Funny how we can make our vices work FOR us! I indulge too much in dark chocolate and tea. But all for a good cause. Helps me work. Yup.
Don't know about doing dishes. You might want to re-think that.