Tuesday, September 1, 2009

the writings and ramblings of kerouac


Some essentially Kerouac-like tips for writing or "Belief and Techniques for Modern Prose". It's not all complete sentences but refer to number 13 about that one.

1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy
2. Submissive to everything, open, listening
3. Try never get drunk outside yr own house
4. Be in love with yr life
5. Something that you feel will find its own form
6. Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind
7. Blow as deep as you want to blow
8. Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind
9. The unspeakable visions of the individual
10. No time for poetry but exactly what is
11. Visionary tics shivering in the chest
12. In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you
13. Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition
14. Like Proust be an old teahead of time
15. Telling the true story of the world in interior monolog
16. The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye
17. Write in recollection and amazement for yourself
18. Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea
19. Accept loss forever
20. Believe in the holy contour of life
21. Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind
22. Dont think of words when you stop but to see picture better
23. Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in yr morning
24. No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge
25. Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it
26. Bookmovie is the movie in words, the visual American form
27. In praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness
28. Composing wild, undisciplined, pure, coming in from under, crazier the better
29. You're a Genius all the time
30. Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored & Angeled in Heaven


  1. Thanks for bolding the sentences that make most grammatical sense.

    Methinks he doth try too hard.

  2. i believe in #13 wholeheartedly. my blog does too.

  3. I'm with Sebastian--it's a little too much, at times. I see punctuation as liberating, letting people across the board in on what EXACTLY you're trying to say, like your #25 up there.

    Then again, I'm a stickler for consistency and conciseness.

  4. This is a very groovy and useful list. I found it myself somewhere else. I've made a start on a commentary on each one of the techniques on my own blog. http://dharmadreaming.blogspot.com/ Anyone interested is welcome to have a look and leave a comment. I'm only up to #6. Having a breather from it for a few days as I think of other stuff. Thanks for putting it up here anyway. Remember they are only the guides from one writer, and who knows what was going on in his head when he wrote this list. Peace