Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Writing Prompt Thursday (#wpthu): 19 April 2012

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Today's #wpthu prompt ...

In last week's Writing Prompt Thursday post, I included the below quote, one of my favorites, from Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet (tr. Stephen Mitchell, 1984):
So rescue yourself from these general themes and write about what your everyday life offers you; describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty—describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember.
And I had added that "this passage, alone, could stand as today's #wpthu prompt, and could be used to wonderful effect throughout one's lifetime."

What better than to leave you with such a world-class writing prompt as this, straight from Rilke's priceless, and wholeheartedly generous, advice which he offered up to his nineteen-year-old correspondent, Franz Xaver Kappus, who had sent some poems to Rilke to ask for his opinion?

I'm confident that if you grasp the opportunity to write in response to Rilke's simple yet powerful suggestion — not only today, but for the remainder of your writing days — good things will come, indeed. But more importantly, you'll begin to touch a part of yourself, deep within, which will empower much more than your writing hand.

You'll have, thereby, embarked upon a true education, a drawing out of one's true self.

As always with #wpthu, write longhand (it's good to get away from the computer for a while, and to reawaken your writing hand). Nurture a sense of letting go of any creative burden, self-critical judgment, or comparison (with yourself in times past, or with others). Keep your pen moving. And honor, truly honor, whatever flows through you and onto the page. This is great practice in learning to trust in the process.

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1 comment:

  1. Burrowing in the safety of our honeysuckle forest, I find relief from thoughts of future failure in the now smiles of my children.