FREEWRITING EXERCISE #10

  1. There are two ways of looking at every situation. Let’s call them A and B. If they were people, they’d be David and Peter. Or, as I remind myself to degender that ambiguous jellyfish of the mind, let’s call them Valen and Valen.
  2. Valen is the type of person who walks down the street every day, making sure to cross only after having checked both ways to see that no cars are coming, watches out for all the cracks on the sidewalk. Valen is every person except that one.
  3. Let’s say you put both of these Valens in a room, and give them a locked box. In that box is some kind of desire. Let’s say it’s love, because usually it is, as with all people. So Love is waiting tapping her foot inside the locked box, with no light and no sound and no air filling every nook and cranny. The two Valens are forced to fumble around trying to break the box open. There is no key, you see, and they have to take to their baser instincts. They forgot the key was swallowed a while ago.
  4. Let’s say this time we gender these perspectives. Let’s call them Valen and Valen. Let’s say Love is not inside the box, but is the box. Let’s say both of them are inside. What will they do? I can imagine the possibilities. An entanglement of instinct, the bite and tear.
  5. I think of this whenever I take a plane. There’s no real reason for that. Perhaps it’s just the thought that I might fly so high only to die, or worse still, to be never found again.
  6. Let’s introduce a third perspective. Tom, Dick and Harry. Sam, Alex and Clover. A, B and C. The twisting garden path, the vine-wrenched doors. Twisting twisting twisting. Twisting twisting twisting. In that box all 3 are talking to each other, their words drowning each other out. Like twisting a leg off a horse. Like sinking the box in the sea. Like crossing the road only to be run over by reality.
  7. There are two ways of looking at every situation. Let’s call them the lock and the key.

Freewriting Explanation: Every day, Valen shall use 5 minutes to write completely unprompted and uninterrupted, letting the words lead the way. There is no end purpose to each piece, but rather, the pieces are allowed to develop naturally in their own way.

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