Today I cut and pasted my second chapter into some semblance of order. I enjoy turning writing into a tactile process. Below is a quick how-to.
- All writing from the past two months, printed
- Glue stick
- Box of markers
- Sit on the middle of the bed with all supplies in front of you. Keep your tea close at hand on a solid surface.
- Read through all writing and cut up at appropriate points, usually wherever the direction, topic, or ideas shift.
- Sip tea as needed.
- Glue together any sections printed on separate pieces of paper that go together
- Make piles by themes and flow. You gotta feel it out.
- Write notes in whatever color marker feels most appropriate at the moment. Color-coded schemas might result. Yellow marker works well to highlight important passages.
- Draw pictures on scrap pieces of paper as necessary. (I enjoy drawing pictures of major emerging themes)
- Continue cutting, gluing, markering, shuffling, and arranging until satisfied. Keep in mind the end bits are the most tedious.
- Remember that some bits of writing might end up in the bin.
- When it feels complete, stand up and admire your work.
- Document the moment for posterity and in case something horrible happens that scatters all your hard work before you have time to transfer the results to a more apparently-orderly medium (such as the computer).
I love this process because it makes the mess of my brain and my computer files more palpable. Seeing as how I am writing about senses, this feels highly appropriate.