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Writing Rules: Jack Kerouac?s Rules for Spontaneous Prose

Joseph Rubino / Monday, October 31, 2011 Comments Off

h4>This will be the first in a series of maddeningly good authors giving advice on writing. Enjoy.

1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy


2. Submissive to everything, open, listening


3. Try never get drunk outside yr own house


4. Be in love with yr life


5. Something that you feel will find its own form


6. Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind


7. Blow as deep as you want to blow


8. Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind


9. The unspeakable visions of the individual


10. No time for poetry but exactly what is


11. Visionary tics shivering in the chest


12. In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you


13. Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition


14. Like Proust be an old teahead of time


15. Telling the true story of the world in interior monolog


16. The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye


17. Write in recollection and amazement for yourself


18. Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea


19. Accept loss forever


20. Believe in the holy contour of life


21. Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind


22. Dont think of words when you stop but to see picture better


23. Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in yr morning


24. No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge


25. Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it


26. Bookmovie is the movie in words, the visual American form


27. In praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness


28. Composing wild, undisciplined, pure, coming in from under, crazier the better


29. You?re a Genius all the time


30. Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored & Angeled in Heaven

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