There is no reasoning, no process of inference or comparison; there is no thinking about things, no putting two and two together; there are no ideas – the animal does not think of the box or of the food or of the act he is to perform. Edward Thorndike
I have set a writing intention for the week. Every day at the same time in different settings (library, park, Walmart snack area, etc) I will write for twenty minutes, describing the setting without making inferences. Just the facts, m’am.
This could prove difficult at Walmart. (An inference, perhaps?)
The idea came from Natalie Goldberg’s new book The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language, although she sat in the same setting, a tea shop, for a week.
We tried it last night in our writing circle. It’s harder than it sounds.