WIDE LAKE EXERCISE – Week Two 

 

Write a flow of words that contains the names of at least two cities [which will require you to “visit” them in your mind and record some kind of word-snapshots] and then, in the same piece, talk about the weather at least once, and some kind of food. And never think about the logic. Just do it. Let the words flow. They don’t even have to be sentences. Only break them into lines that signify how you might say them if you were just relaxing and talking. Be aware of the cadences that the words make, and let this help you decide where to end one line and begin another.

Feel free to make nonsensical juxtapositions of probably unrelated recollections, seeing images and forming them into words, remembering places you have been, traveling mentally to places you may not have visited in your life experiences. And as you follow the instructions, you can immediately cast off the impulse to be sensible, and you will fascinate yourself with the writing that comes out.

This exercise is intended for limbering up. You don't have to necessarily know where you're going before you start. Just get it started and let it roll. You'll discover later. And allow yourself to feel the satisfaction of just having done it. For more information about this exercise, read the first week's lecture, entitled: "The Wide Lake of Creative Imagination," which will tell you more about it.