Longleaf Stories

full circle in the hundred acre wood

Andy Couturier’s book, Writing Open the Mind: Tapping the Subconscious to Free the Writing and the Writer, has alot of goofy exercises. Goofy. And helpful. And fun.

He says, “Bringing a spirit of inquiry to what is happening can be so rich: we’re open to seeing what happens and why.”

One of his exercises has the reader very quickly make a list of words or phrases down one side of a piece of paper, draw a line down the middle and continue. Then the reader does a fast free write, joining a word or phrase from both columns in a sentence. No thinking. Just write. Here’s mine:

I was joined at the lip with a lubricious Bolognese sauce, redolent and ineluctable as homemade sin.







My baby made me feel like a luscious hothouse flower under the luna, the bella luna. I was filled with amazing grace. I love my baby and my baby loves me.





Zounds, what sounds! This blue sky mind expanding is fun, blowing in the wind with oodles of ideas.





Holy frijoles, makes me feel jazzed up like a screaming eagle.





Good to be away from all the joyless sullen, and loose like a hula hoop.



Hmmn. Now that woman sounds like fun. 


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