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ThePlayfulWaytoSeriousWritingBooksbyRobertaAllenFictionTheTravelingWomanTheDaughterCertainPeopleTheDreamingGirlNonFictionAmazonDreamFastFiction:CreatingFictioninFiveMinutesThePlayfulWaytoSeriousWritingAnAnythingCanHappenWorkbooktoInspireandDelightRobertaAllenHoughtonMifflinCompanyBostonNewYorkInmemoryofmyfather,andtoallmystudentspast,present,andfutureCopyright©byRobertaAllenPhotographsanddrawingsbytheauthorAllrightsreservedForinformationaboutpermissiontoreproduceselectionsfromthisbook,writetoPermissions,HoughtonMifflinCompany,ParkAvenueSouth,NewYork,NewYorkVisitourWebsite:wwwhoughtonmifflinbookscomLibraryofCongressCataloginginPublicationDataisavailableISBNXPrintedintheUnitedStatesofAmericaQUMContentsStartingOutWhatistheENERGYMethodHowitworksHowtoknowwhenawordorimagehasENERGYHowtorebelHowtousetheexercisesHowtochoosetheexercisesSplotchesWhatishersecretPickaletterWhyisshesmilingSixfiguresMomentsLookingInwardHowfarbackcanyougoMemoriesMorememoriesWhosememoryisitFalsememoriesStillmorememoriesTwosidesofthestoryAsafeplaceObjectsnotdirectlyrelatedPickafearMorefearsStillmorefearsWhatwillhappenhereFoundobjectsRealizationsLifeshapingeventsFoundobjectsWomansittingDecisionsMoredecisionsStillmoredecisionsWhatdoeshewantDesiresDreamsImaginarydreamsLookingOutwardPickaletterWhoandwhereLooselinesThreewaystoexplorecharactersorrealpeopleTenwaystogetapieceorprojectunstuckPickacharacterWhohaveIleftoutWhoandwhereGettingphysicalMinormishapsShadesofgrayPickaproblemMoreproblemsWhatishisproblemOneortwoSolutionsMixedfeelingsEmotionalstatesMoreemotionalstatesAstrangerMirrormonologueMouthpieceEyepieceFoundobjectsCombinationpieceHairpieceWhat’sintheboxIsshe“real”HowaretheyconnectedFoursilhouettesWhoissheOneofthreewomenPickanameBeforeººAfterººWhoisheWhereandwhoviLookingAllAroundPickaplaceMoreplacesArealplaceAnotherrealplaceIslandsWhatwaslosthereAprimevalplaceDreamspaceTwentyfourfiguresMoreinspirationsPicktwonumbersWhosehandisthisWhatdotheysmellWhatdoesshesmellAbadtasteEavesdroppingSoundpiecePickanactionPickanissuePickananimalPickanounMorelinesDrawinglinesCrypticwritingLookingAheadNowWhatHowtorunaPlayfulWaygroupAcknowledgmentsviiWhenIwasalittlegirl,drawingsavedmylifeItallowedmetoescapeintoaworldofmyownmaking,aworldmuchhappierthantheoneinwhichIwasraisedIputsomuchpressureonthepencilwhenIdrewthatIdeformedmymiddlefingerButthatstillseemstomeasmallpricetopayWhenIlookatmyfinger,IunderstandthetremendousENERGYthatwentintomydrawingsThatpressurewasENERGYSometimesIseemystudentswritingexercisesasthoughtheirlivesdependonitWhenIseethat,IknowtheyaretappingsomethingimportantinsidethemselvesOfteninthisbookwhenIusethewordENERGY,IuseittomeantheimpulsetowriteButinthebroadestsense,ENERGYtomeislifeitselfENERGYistheforcebehindthewordsItisthepowerdeepinsidethatdrivesyouItisthedesiretobringforthsomethingthathasneverbeforeexistedItisthepassiontogiveformtoyourdeepestfeelings,yourdeepestlongings,yourdreams,yourfantasieswhoyouareENERGYisthesparkthatigniteswhenyouconnectwithaplace,acreature,abeautifultree,asunset,aworkofart,asymphony,anotherhumanbeingENERGYisthelinkbetweenyouandsomethingoutsideyourselfthatenlargesyourworld,thatchangesthewayyousee,thatchangesthewayyoufeelENERGYistheinvisibleforcethatbreaksthroughwhenyouhaveanepiphany,whenyouunderstandsomethingforthefirsttimeevenifitissomethingpainful,somethingthatbreaksyourheartENERGYistheinvisibleforcethatisoftenlockedinsideashelloffearandburstsforthwhenyoubreakthatshellENERGYisthepowerthatisreleasedwhenyouletnothingstopyouInthelates,afterhavingmanyexhibitionsintheUnitedStatesandEurope,Ididn’tfeelmuchENERGYinmakingvisualartButIdidfeelENERGYwhenIwrotestories,whichcametomeinshortspurts,oftenwhenIwaswalkingdownthestreetIwouldstopandwritefuriouslyforseveralminutesinanotebookIcarriedwithmeuntiltheENERGYwasspentLater,IwouldrevisemywritingIwroteanentirebookofstoriesthatwaySinceIdidnotgotocollege,whenIstartedteachingcreativewritingaftermybookwaspublished,IwasnotprogrammedtoteachwritinginanyparticularwayInstead,IwasfreetocreateamethodthatparalleledmyownprocessofFOLLOWINGMYENERGYIdidnothavethefearIknewmanypeoplehadaboutwritingButIhadmanyfearsinotherareasofmylifeIwasnineortenthedayIfollowedmyfather’sinstructionsandstoodpoisedattheedgeofapool,readytodiveTheonlyproblemwasthatIwasfrozenwithfear“Don’tthinkaboutitjustdoit!”myfathersaidButunlikethegirlinthephotoontheright,Icouldn’tstopmythoughtsoffearThosewords“Don’tthinkaboutit,justdoit!”stayedinmymindMyfatherhadlearnedthemthehardwayWhenhewasalittleboyontheLowerEastSide,somebiggerboysthrewhimintheEastRiverHelearnedhowtoswimfast!Myfather’sexperiencewasextremetosaytheleast,butIrealizedyearslaterthatpressureforcesENERGYtothesurfaceThismademethinkofusingatimerwithmystudentsGivingthematimelimitwouldforcethemtoact,notthinkThethinkingmyfathertriedtodiscourageinmeisthethinkingthatstopsallofusatonetimeoranotherItisthesmallcriticalvoiceinsidethatsayswedon’thavewhatittakes,wedon’tmeasureupIt’sthevoicethatkeepsusfromtryingnewthingsIt’sthevoicethatifwelistenkeepsusfromlivingourdreamsWhatistheENERGYMETHODTheENERGYMETHODisaninstantwaytotapintoyourcreativeENERGYandgetyourwordsflowingonpaperwithoutinterruptionItisawaytobreakthatshelloffearandwritewiththeexhilarationthatcomeswithreleasingpentupENERGYItisawaytobypasstheinnervoicethatstopsyou,thecriticalvoicethatmightmakeyoureworkthesamesentencealldayItisasimple,funfilledwaytowritethatallowsyoutoloseyourselflikeachildinthemagicofcreatingItmeansgoingwiththewordsandimagesthatexciteyou,inspireyouItmeansFOLLOWINGYOURCREATIVEENERGY,followingyourspark,goingwhereveritleadsyouWhenIlookedatmyfirstclassofstudents,IsawveryseriousfacesThismustbeseriousbusiness,Ithought,thoughmyclasswascalled“creative”writingIhadalwayshadalotoffunwriting,soIwonderedwhytheycouldn’tdothesameTheylookedatmefunny,shiftingintheirseats,whenItoldthemthis,buttheyagreedtodothefirstofwhatwouldbemanyfiveminuteexercisesThefirstwas,WriteastoryaboutalieYouhavefiveminutesGoIttookonlyoneortwoexercisestoseetheirfaceslightenupSomewereamazedtofindtheyhadwrittencompletestoriesinthatshorttimespanOtherswereamazedtobewritingatallItwasn’tthewordstheywrotethatmattered,Itoldthem,buttheENERGYbehindthewordsCraftcanbetaught,wordscanberevised,Isaid,butENERGYtheimpulsetowriteiswhatreallycountsOnlybygoingwithyourENERGYcanyoufindwhattrulyinspiresyou,notonlyinyourwritingbutinlifeHowitworksSetatimerforwhateverlimittheexercisecallsforanywherefromfivetothirtyminutesandwriteinstantly,beforeyouhaveachancetothinkThetimelimitconcentratesyourENERGYwhiletheexercisefocusesyourattentiononaparticulartopicorimageInthemomentyoustartwriting,youareadiverplungingintotheunknownBylettingyourselfwritefreelyandspontaneously,youallowyourvoicetocomethroughanddiscover,whenyouletthatvoicetakeyouinanydirection,aseaofunexpectedimagesandassociationsthatmightnotcometoyouanyotherwayMytimerHowtoknowwhenawordorimagehasENERGY•Youfeelthetiniestpinprickoffeeling•Youreyeisdrawntoitinstantly•Youfindyourselfthinkingaboutit•Itconjuresastrongassociation•Youfeelmovedorexcited•YoufeelirritatedordisturbedHowtorebel•ChangethetimelimitIfanexercisecallsfortenminutes,doitforfiveortwenty•Whenaskedtopickthethirdwordyou’veassociatedwithavisualcue,choosethesecond•WhenaskedtowriteaboutthewordwiththemostENERGY,chooseanother(YoumaybesurprisedtoseehowmuchENERGYthereisinawordthatisseeminglyneutralor,betteryet,oneyouresist)Howtousetheexercises•aswarmups•togenerateideas•toexploreideas•tostartaproject•tocontinueaproject•toinjectnewlifeinanexistingproject•tofinishaprojectHowtochoosetheexercises•startanywhere•startatthebeginning•startinthemiddle•startattheend•jumparound•chooseexerciseswiththemostENERGY•chooseexerciseswiththeleastENERGY•chooseexerciseswithyoureyesclosedIntheexercises,youmustallowyourselftowritewhatevercomesupnomatterhowdark,painful,ordownrightsillyYoumustgiveyourselfpermissiontobeasopenasalittlechildYoumustgiveyourselfpermissiontoplayIfyoustopyourselffromwritingthepainfulstufforthesillystuff,youwillnotgettotherealENERGYyouwillnottapintothosethingsthatmoveyou,thatmakeyouwhoyouareYouwillnothavefunwiththisprocess,whichcanhelpfreeyoufromthepastInthisbook,noteveryexercisewillhaveENERGYforyouNoteveryonewillexciteyouWhenoneexerciseleavesyoucold,doanotherKeepdoingthemuntilyoufindtheonesIcall“triggers,”theonesthatsurpriseyou,thatleadyousomewhereyoudidn’tknowyouwantedtogoBecauseanexercisedoesn’tworkforyouonetimeisnoreasontobelieveitwon’tworkforyouifyoudoitagainDon’tautomaticallybypassexercisesthatseemtohavenoENERGYSomemayhavethegreatestENERGYofallSplotchesTomakethisdrawing,Iloadedmybrushwithink,splasheditalloverthepage,andconnectedthesplotcheswithlinesWhatdoyouseewhenyoulookatthispatternWritethefirstsixwordsthatcometomindChoosethewordwiththemostorleastENERGYorchoosenumberthree,setyourtimerfortenminutes,andgoWhatishersecretAndhowisitconnectedtothishouseSetyourtimerforfifteenminutesandgo!PickaletterChoosethefirstletterthatcatchesyoureye,orpointtoaletterwithclosedeyesOnceyou’vechosenaletter,quicklywritesixwordsthatbeginwiththatletterChoosethewordwiththemostorleastENERGY,setyourtimerforfiveminutes,andwriteapieceSetyourtimerfortenminutesandwriteapieceusingallsixwordsRepeattheseexercisesusingthesameoradifferentlettereachtimeWhyisshesmilingWhenIphotographedthiswoman,shehadrecentlyleftherhusbandIsthatwhyshe’ssmilingOristhereanotherreasonSetyourtimerforfifteenminutesandgoSixfiguresOnthefollowingpagesyouwillfindsixfiguresWritethefirstwordthatcomestomindforeachSetyourtimerforfiveWriteapieceaboutthewordwiththemostENERGYWriteoneaboutthewordwiththeleastENERGYinanotherfiveminutepieceIfirstthoughtofwritingthisbookwhenaformerstudenttoldmesheusedmyexercisestowriteherPhDdissertationAnactorImetatapartysaidsheusedmyexercisestowriteascreenplayStudentsofminewhowerealsoteachersusedmyexercisesinpublicschools,middleschools,highschools,collegesWritingconferencesusedmyexercisesSodiduniversitiesWorkshopsandwritinggroupsusedthemtooPeopleateverylevelfromfledglingwriterstoauthorsofmanybooksusedmyexercisestohelpthemwriteMyfirstbookonwriting,FastFiction,waslimitedtofictionwriting,but,ontheirown,somepeoplewerediscoveringtheycouldusemymethodtowritemorethanshortshortstories,shortstories,orevennovelsWhynotmakethismethodavailable,Ithought,topeoplewhowanttowritememoirs,creativenonfiction,personalessays,plays,screenplays,monologues,performancepieces,prosepoems,sketches,journalsyounameit!IthoughttooaboutmyownexperiencesandhowImightusethemaswelltohelppeoplewriteMomentsOnedayinNewYork,IwasinabadmoodwhilecrossingasmallparkItwasrainingSuddenlyIlookedupInwonderIsaw,silhouettedagainstagraysky,atreewithlong,slenderblackpodsthatlookedlikecalligraphicwritingThinkofsmallmomentsinyourlifethathadENERGYthatmadeyoufeelaliveMakealistontherighthandpageSetyourtimerforfiveminutes,chooseone,andgoInthenextweek,noticesmallmomentsthatmoveyouMakealistWhenyou’reready,setyourtimerforfiveminutes,andwriteaboutoneOldMomentsNewMomentsListmomentsassuccinctlyaspossibleHowfarbackcanyougoImagineyourselfdescendingthesestairsintoyourpastWhatdoyourecallSetyourtimerforfiveminutesandwriteapieceabouttheearliestmemorythatcomestomindMemoriesThinkoffiveeventsfromthepast,positiveornegative,thatmovedyouintenselyTheseeventshadgreatENERGYatthetimePicktheonewiththemostENERGY,theonethatismostaliveforyounowSetyourtimerforfifteenminutesandwriteaboutitIhadnodesiretogotocollegeItwasn’tthatIdidn’twanttolearnIdidMostofallIwantedtolearnhowtopaintButIwantedtodoitMYwaySoIgotajob,movedtotheVillage,savedalittlemoney,thenwenttoEuropebymyselfItraveledtomanycountries,absorbingthelight,theair,thecolors,beforeIdecidedtopaintinAmsterdam,where,lessthanayearlater,IhadmyfirstsoloshowMorememoriesThinkoffivetimesinyourlifewhenyouaccomplishedexactlywhatyousetouttodoSetyourtimerforfiveminutesandwriteapieceabouttheonewiththemostENERGYWhenIwaseight,myfathersentmetosummercampHewantedmetobelikeotherchildrenButbeforethatcouldhappen,IhadtolearntodothingsbymyselfMybunkmateslaughedatmeuntilIlearnedhowtotiemyshoes,washmyself,makemybed,foldmyclothesMymotherandgrandmotherhadkeptmehelplessanddependentMyfirstsummeratcampwaspainful,butitchangedmylifeWhosememoryisitListthreepainfulmemoriesImagineacharacterbelowrecallingoneofyourmemoriesasthoughitishisorherownSetyourtimerforfiveandgoashoplifteracollegesophomoreahorsetraineraholistichealeraneighthgraderawealthywidowaretiredengineeraclownablindmanContinuechoosingcharactersandwritingfiveminuteexercisesuntilthememoryseemslesspainfulFalsememoriesImaginefivecharactersaccomplishingexactlywhateachonesetouttodoSetyourtimerforfiveminutesandwriteapieceabouttheonewiththemostENERGYStillmorememoriesThinkoffivetimesinyourlifewhenyouletfearstopyouSetyourtimerforfiveminutesandwriteabouttheonewiththemostENERGYTwosidesofthestoryWhatdoesthisboyrememberaboutthewomanontherighthandpageWassheimportantinhislifeSetyourtimerfortenandgoWhatdoesthiswomanrememberaboutthisboyWasheimportantinherlifeSetyourtimerfortenandgoThefactthattheENERGYMETHODcanbeusedforsomanydifferentkindsofwritinginspiredmetoexpanditThistimeIdecidedtopullalltheplugsandseehowfarIcouldgoindesigningabookthatwouldletyoubeasfreeandcreativeasyou’vealwayswantedtobebytappingintothatENERGYinsideyouandbringingforththosefeelings,longings,dreamsthatconnectallofus,notonlytooneanotherbuttolifeExpecttoproducewritingthathasENERGY,thatcomesfromthecoreofwhoyouareExpecttoproducemorewritingthanyoueverthoughtpossible,whetheryoustartfromscratchonlongorshortprojects,continueoldprojects,orusetheexercisesjusttoplayYouneednothaveanygoalotherthanyourpureenjoymentExpecttohavefunandfeelfreeAnythingcanhappen!ExpecttosurpriseyourselfoverandoveragainIlearnedthepoweroftheENERGYMETHODfromoneofmyfirstprivatestudents:ayoungmanwhocametomewithacompletednovelthathadtakenhimtwoyearstowriteTheproblemwasthatthewordshadnoENERGYTheywerejustwordsTheylackedlifeHeagreedtostartoveranddomytimedexercisesInsixweeksanovelbegantoemergethatwassostrongandbeautifullywrittenIknewhehadtappedsomethingdeepwithinhimselfWhatIlearnedisthatanyonewhospendstwoyearswritinghassomethingtosayButtherealwritingcomesonlywhentheENERGYisunlockedWhenhedidtheexercises,hegotintouchwiththerealsourceofhisimpulsetowriteThesourcewasatraumaticexperienceWhenhewasthirteen,hesavedhislittlesisterandhimselffromtheirpsychoticmotherAlthoughhissituationisextreme,heconfirmedmybeliefthattheneedtowritetheENERGYarisesinmanyinstancesoutofanunconsciousneedtocompletesomethingfromthepastIbelieveourneedtowriteispartofourlar

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