July 21, 2010

Varieties of Practicing–Part Four: Adventure in Writing

Posted in Practice Writing tagged , , at 9:48 am by Rebecca Hein

Wild experiments in my cello teaching, where I encouraged my students to daydream in the midst of their practicing, inspired me to similar activity in writing. I learned not to plan my writing sessions, but instead to attune myself to the direction in which a given piece was pulling me.

This is easier than you think: if you feel a tussle while writing—that unmistakable conflict between what you planned to write and the intractability of your efforts—the best strategy is to let go. In this release you’ll find a new openness, and this in turn will set your work free.

Next: The freedom of a good warm-up


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