Continuing our elaboration of Jack Kerouac’s Belief and Technique for Modern Prose

Submissive to everything, open, listening

Dear Writer,

Keep your ears and eyes open. Be aware of the thoughts streaming through your mind. You might be enduring a boring dinner party, standing in line at the grocery store, or being trapped by a neighbour who wants to talk about the weather. What seems like a boring waste of time could be the void that generates a big bang of ideas.

Steal pieces of conversation, pay attention to the questions you ask yourself, take notes on peoples’ faces and expressions. Keep your mind open and submissive to information. Stay curious about the world. There is magic in the mundane if you look closely enough.

Happy Writing!