It’s time to get a little crazy, go a little wild, ride the winds…
I am going all Jackson Pollock on this month!
As stated last week… “I am going to do more than play Hookie with Tattoo. I am going to have a full-blown affair with Tattoo. The urge to write must take control over the urge to edit. I cannot wait for that delicious feeling of playing hookie and that first blush of the first draft.”
For the first time in months I am going to be flinging my creative ink at the canvas of my new WIP without thought of editing and embracing the freedom and unadulterated joy in WRITING that First Draft!
“A dripping wet canvas covered the entire floor … There was complete silence … Pollock looked at the painting. Then, unexpectedly, he picked up can and paint brush and started to move around the canvas. It was as if he suddenly realized the painting was not finished. His movements, slow at first, gradually became faster and more dance like as he flung black, white, and rust colored paint onto the canvas. He completely forgot that Lee and I were there; he did not seem to hear the click of the camera shutter … My photography session lasted as long as he kept painting, perhaps half an hour. In all that time, Pollock did not stop. How could one keep up this level of activity? Finally, he said ‘This is it.’
Pollock’s finest paintings… reveal that his all-over line does not give rise to positive or negative areas: we are not made to feel that one part of the canvas demands to be read as figure, whether abstract or representational, against another part of the canvas read as ground. There is not inside or outside to Pollock’s line or the space through which it moves…. Pollock has managed to free line not only from its function of representing objects in the world, but also from its task of describing or bounding shapes or figures, whether abstract or representational, on the surface of the canvas.”
– Hans Namuth 1950
I love the first blush, the illicit intimacy and the head-rush of a First Draft. First Drafts are all about the Writer, the Creative, the Artist. I love simply getting lost in a first draft and a new story. I love meeting the new characters and watching their scenes in my mind’s eye like a movie. I love that the story can and will go anywhere and everywhere.
What do you love about first drafts?
In other exciting News just in from this weekend…The anthology that could…
- My Debut Short Story | Release of Tales for Canterbury (kimkoningink.com)
- Why creativity is not about originality (romankrznaric.com)
- The joy of writing … starting young (wordznerd.wordpress.com)
- Bent Wrists Lesson 9: Cheer Camp for Writers (joyinthemoments.com)
- Fans remember Pollock (timesleader.com)
- Arts | Long Island: ‘The Persistence of Pollock’ Is at the Pollock-Krasner House (nytimes.com)
- Creativity and Suffering (poignantboy.wordpress.com)