Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Oblique Strategies for Writers and Other Artists

Here's an interesting website.

I found this via the New York Times Magazine, on their page 'How To Write A 'LIVES' essay' and this was part of the list.

It advises writers to try Oblique Strategies.

Oblique Strategies is based on a deck of cards, on black backgrounds, each containing random, terse statements of truth and/or principle of craft which encourage artists, musicians, writers, etc., to use lateral thinking to get the juices flowing. It was created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt.

A quick perusal reveals things like:

Ask your body.

Tape your mouth.

Shut the door and listen from outside.

Consider transitions.


There are other ENO LINKS if you so desire. I kind of dig it.


The 'How to Write a 'LIVES' essay' guidelines piece is quite good, in and of itself. Just go to the New York Times Magazine website and use the search bar to find it.

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