If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

Without Inference

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.


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  1. Interesting, I might give this a go. Thanks for sharing:-)

  2. I love the idea of a writing circle. I am in a book club, which is great. Now I want to do this too. Will look at the book. Thanks for the idea.

  3. It’s an interesting “assignment.” Keep us posted on how you are doing. Many blessings, Alia

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