Aim for the page, not the words

Posted: July 6, 2015 in graffiti living
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“Write as if you were dying. At the same time, assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case. What would you begin writing if you knew you would die soon? What could you say to a dying person that would not enrage by its triviality?” — Annie Dillard

Thoughts upon reading Annie Dillard’s ‘The Writing Life.’

Throughout the entire book whenever she talks about anything she’s really talking about writing.

We’re all going home in an ambulance. Write what you want.

Write a surface run off anxiety diary of how your writing is going. But use ‘you’ instead of ‘I.’

Then publish it, as it comes, as how to write type blog posts and articles.

It’s ok to want a manual typewriter and make a lot of mess and noise. You’ll just have to type it up again later.

But the page is your chopping block and you can lay out the physical pages on your desk.

Fuck digital metaphors, go for the real thing.

The metaphors will hold and work better if you’re already grounded in the real thing.

Q: WHO WILL TEACH ME TO WRITE?
A: THE PAGE
(ref. Dillard)

“There is another way of saying this. Aim for the chopping block. If you aim for the wood, you will have nothing. Aim past the wood, aim through the wood, aim for the chopping block.”

Aim for the page and the words will follow.

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