Saturday, August 29, 2009

Find the lie I've told to myself

Two things from Jose Rivera. I am using References to Salvador Dali Make Met Hot and Other Plays for my Humanities class this semester.

First, a quote--- the preface to the painfully beautiful Sonnets for an Old Century:

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

--- e.e. cummings, "I Thank You God."

Second, there is an appendix at the end of the book: 36 Assumptions about Writing Plays. Most notable (for me) is number 8:

"Embrace your writer's block. It's nature's way of preserving trees and reputation. Listen to it and try to understand its source. Often writer's block happens because somewhere in your work you've lied to yourself and your subconscious won't let you go any further until you've gone back, erased the lie, stated the truth and started over."

I've decided that this is going to be my goal this fall. Find the lie I've told to myself, erase it and start over.


  1. Good stuff. Good to hear from you again - you know I worry......I am guessing you are busy, yes?

  2. Yeah, new job and all the attendant stress plus decided I really have to move and lower my overhead, and have started packing.

  3. Brilliant. Someone sent a link to this to me and I've been mulling it over ever since.