Stephen King on Writing

Stephen King on Writing and Wakeful Dreaming

“In both writing and sleeping, we learn to be physically still at the same time we are encouraging our minds to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our daytime lives.”

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“Sleep is the greatest creative aphrodisiac,” dreaming regulates our negative emotions and “positive constructive daydreaming” enhances our creativity, while a misaligned sleep cycle is enormously mentally crippling.

Called “Creative Sleep” by King.

Like your bedroom, your writing room should be private, a place where you go to dream. Your schedule — in at about the same time every day, out when your thousand words are on paper or disk — exists in order to habituate yourself, to make yourself ready to dream just as you make yourself ready to sleep by going to bed at roughly the same time each night and following the same ritual as you go.

In both writing and sleeping, we learn to be physically still at the same time we are encouraging our minds to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our daytime lives. And as your mind and body grow accustomed to a certain amount of sleep each night — six hours, seven, maybe the recommended eight — so can you train your waking mind to sleep creatively and work out the vividly imagined waking dreams which are successful works of fiction.

“Creative sleep” allows us to cultivate our own worlds while writing — create the kind space necessary for wakeful dreaming. The space can be humble … and it really needs only one thing: A door you are willing to shut. The closed door is your way of telling the world that you mean business. . . .

If possible, there should be no telephone in your writing room, certainly no TV or videogames for you to fool around with. If there’s a window, draw the curtains or pull down the shades unless it looks out at a blank wall. For any writer, but for the beginning writer in particular, it’s wise to eliminate every possible distraction. If you continue to write, you will begin to filter out these distractions naturally, but at the start it’s best to try and take care of them before you write.

…When you write, you want to get rid of the world, don’t you? Of course you do. When you’re writing, you’re creating your own worlds.
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Weekly Writing Prompt #12

Weekly Writing Prompt #12
Week of 23rd November 2015

DOOR Template Instructions

(5) Words: | GIFT | COIN | VERSE | WORK | REASON |  

Poetry Suggestions
Haiku (5 – 7 – 5)
Tanka (5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7)
Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
six lines – no rhymes – multiple stanzas [your choice] – just follow meter
Nonet (9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 ) progression downward of syllables
Cinquain (2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2) five line poem on any theme with the earlier mentioned syllable pattern
Fictional Suggestions
Flash Fiction (500 – 300 words)
Any Genre: Mystery – Sci-Fi – Fantasy – Horror – Literary
***You have room for one main character.
***You have room for one scene.
***Get to main conflict of scene in first sentence.
***You have room for a single plot.
***You have room for a single, simple theme.
***SHOW anything related to the main conflict.
***TELL the backstory; don’t “show” it.
***Save the twist until the end.
***Eliminate all but essential words.

These are not set in gold.
Use your best judgement.

Remembrance: Marcel Proust – Part 20

Remembrance: Marcel Proust

Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”


“Pleasures are like photographs:
in the presence of the person we love,
we take only negatives,
which we develop later,
at home,
when we have at our disposal
once more our inner dark room,
the door of which
it is strictly forbidden
to open while others are present.”

― Marcel Proust, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower

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Cinquain: Hunt

the black rose - hunt - cinquain

the black rose © jk 2015 by jennifer kiley

Fearful, dangerous
Killing, exploding, shooting
Stop the senseless bloodshed

© jk 2015

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Cinquain Pattern #2
Form of the Cinquain slightly different with Pattern #2 – the fourth line forms a sentence.

First line – one word [can be more] Subject & Title of Poem
Second line – two words Descriptive Adjectives depicting Title
Third line – three words – subject of poem [can show action]. Verbs end in “ing”
Fourth line – four words – [four or more words] Forms a sentence about Title Subject
Fifth line – one word – synonym or very similar. Synonym of Title Subject

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Jane Dougherty Writes Poetry Challenge #6: Cinquain

*Cinquain – \ˈsiŋ-ˌkān [sin-cane (long a)]