What rules your writing?

Through my discussions with fellow artists and writers, I have learned that it is important to be clear about your artistic intention. Today, I wanted to offer you a simple prompt from my creative writing course that may or may not be challenging to answer. As I answered this question, I wrote the first things that came into my mind, but perhaps for you the answers will develop over time. Let’s explore together in our writing experience.

Use this prompt to define your intention:

What are the personal rules that govern your writing?

Authenticity.
Inspiration.
Lyrical flow.
Edit before sharing.
Share it, when you know to do so.

Gordon Hays
Artist, Writer, Wayshower

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Creative Writing 351

Spring semester has sprung! Creative Writing will be a unique experience to exercise my writing muscles. One of the things I have enjoyed so far is beginning each class with a writing prompt. It allows us to get in the head space of writing, and a couple of the prompts have developed into fun tidbits of prose. I wanted to share a few here, and hopefully inspire you to engage in your own writing exercises.

Prompt #1: What was the first thing you remember writing?

It wasn’t the first thing I wrote, but it was the first thing I wrote rebelliously. An assignment in third (or was it fourth?) grade. The assignment was a writing on American presidents. I didn’t use a single period–no punctuation at all. I abandoned the rules and I wrote. It was easier, faster. I thought two things: I would either slip through the cracks, or thrill my teacher with my superior abilities. I did neither.
My classmates were lining up single file, handing my teacher their papers and waiting for her approval. I shuffled into line and waited my turn.
I held my breath after handing my teacher the paper. After reviewing, she looked up and said, “There’s no punctuation, Gordon.”
My response was silence, and perhaps a deep blush in the face.
“Go back and add the periods,” she said with a slight smile.
Imagine my young face, my thrill of rebellion dashed.
I swallowed my rallying cry.
I walked back to my desk, surrendering to the tyranny of punctuation. Each little dot of period was a white flag waving. I don’t recall exactly, but I look back and wonder–did I leave out one or two just to see?
Never surrender entirely.

Gordon Hays
Artist, Writer, Wayshower

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