Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Writing Exercise #1: Diving In

I love all men who dive. Any fish can swim near the surface, but it takes a great whale to go downstairs five miles or more. --Herman Melville

Today dive into writing by choosing any one of the following words that have more than one meaning: bear, cleave, lie, , sewer, , sewer, tear, or desert. Start by copying the word quickly, without stopping for any reason, continue writing until you reach the end of the page. Making sense is unimportant. Your goals are speed and endurance. If you get stuck, repeat whatever word you’ve just written until something new spills out. After you finish read the result. Don’t forget to breathe, and try not to tense up your hand. Ready, set, go…

to bear the weight of the world is a heavy burden and one I do not know if I can carry I wish I knew what my fate will be and what will happen over the next few months I wish bear the bear opened his mouth and showed the rows of his jagged teeth and I could smell the stagnant decaying stench of death roll out of his mouth how I wished I wasn’t that close to him but he didn’t seem to feel threatened by me which is so very odd I should have been first thing on his mind as a wake up good morning snack for snack is about all I would account for but he rolled over and acted as if he wanted me to scratch his belly why was this giant red bear acting this way what was the matter with him or what was the matter with me did he not see me was he perhaps blind no that could not be the case because if it was then his sense of smell would only be more acute and he would come for me anyway since I know I smelled very ripe and that would most certaintly alert him to my prescence he continued to lay on his back awaiting something I slowly inched closer and he slowly raised his paw toward me and I coward away from him hoping he wasn’t planning on batting at my head like a ball but it moved in a come hither motion and so I continued to move closer to his giant mass the closer I got the more I could smell him but now I could smell the scent of pine trees and earth the scent of the sun warming the earth and it was a very soothing and pleasant smell then when I stood trembling beside him he spoke to me and I let out a sharp gasp I would never and could never have imagined a bear speaking and speaking so that I could understand and yet I could he spoke in a soft voice he told me his name was lars and that he had been sent to find me and had been in search of me for quite some time he said that time had little meaning to bears but he said that many seasons had passed since he had left the kingdom that had sent him to bring me back I asked in a small quavering voice who wanted me and for what purpose for I could not even begin to imagine I was just a girl who lived in a small village just off of the great forest my parents worked a small plot of land owned by the local baron a hard cruel man who had decided that he wished to take me for his bride this coming spring and in doing so he would continue to allow my parents to live on the land if they refused him then they would find themselves in debtors prison and I would be sent away to be sold as a slave to some far off country to pay back the cost of their debts so to avoid such a terrible fate for us all we had all agreed and today was only a matter of days before I was to travel to begin preparations for my wedding to this horrible man who was more than two times my age I decided to come for a walk in the woods that I love so much to pick wild flowers and berries to bring back to my mother for her to make into her famous preserves and bring in a meager amount of cash for them


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