Easier Writing using The Spaghetti Method

by Starla J. King on May 3, 2012

Writing:  Part art, part science, part culinary expertise.

spaghetti on fridgeToss the spaghetti against the fridge and see if it sticks.

Or cut a strand to see if it still has a white in the middle.

Or take a nibble to see if the texture feels right in your mouth.

The same works for writing.

Toss a sentence onto the page and see if it sticks.  If it slides off, let it go — give it another minute and try again.

Cut that idea in the middle (save both halves) and see if it’s better al dente or fully developed.

saffronSavor a sentence, rewrite, savor again.  Does it make you salivate? (great writing literally makes me salivate. for real).  Or does it… *taste taste* … <rubbing thumb and forefingers together> need something?   (Saffron.  The best dishes use saffron; the best writing a similar exquisite golden thought thread).

I used to think the most effective writing had to happen beginning to end, word to phrase to sentence to paragraph to article… and so forth.  It seems, however, that words need a little freedom during the writing process.

Paralyzed by where to start your writing piece?  Start anywhere.  Seriously, ANYwhere.  End, beginning, middle, one word, one phrase, one sentence, or if you’ve got it already, by all means, use that whole paragraph.

Then write something more.  Doesn’t fit with the current flow of what you’re writing?  No problem — cut and paste it to the bottom of  your document for later.

Have  a word, phrase, or fuzzy idea you love and want to use in this piece?  Fabulous!  Type it.  Cut and paste it up there.  Or over there.  Or maybe just add it to the “for later” stockpile at the bottom of your page. (See image below — this blog post in process)

Soon the sentences start fitting together.  The rubix cube of thoughts clicks into place, your fingers start flying on the keyboard, and before you know it you’ve written something powerful, magical, persuasive, inspirational — whatever you intended for it to be.

You see, writing doesn’t have to be any more daunting than cooking spaghetti.   And really… who doesn’t enjoy tossing a strand at the fridge?

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[saffron image from image from http://bronmarshall.com/?p=520]
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Angel May 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm

This is so funny! (Only because of the timing)

I so often start writing, and fully expect that the entire piece is going to just come spilling out of me… but it rarely seems to work that way (though I notice when it does… man oh man that feels fabulicious!).

Just the other day I was writing a guest post for another blogger, and I’d been trying to write it for WEEKS!

I finally sat myself down with OmmWriter and said I was just gonna keep writing until it came together. I ended up (after connecting to ‘my bigness’) doing exactly what we see in the screenshot above!!

Love this!

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Starla J. King May 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Hahha! I so love the timing of this 🙂

You make a really good point… one that I neglected to mention in the post… I still start most pieces of writing with the expectation (or maybe just really really really strong hope?) that it will come pouring out. Much of my writing process work now is BEFORE even starting the thing:
Step 1. Remember that writing might not pour out.
Step 2. Type anyway.

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Starla J. King May 3, 2012 at 2:14 pm

p.s. for anyone reading these comments, curious about Ommwriter:
http://www.ommwriter.com/ . free fabulous focusing tool for writing.

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NJD May 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Well that opens up the space!

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Starla J. King May 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm

NJD,

YESSSsss! 😉

SJK

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