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Summer School with Genji Onishi: How Beautiful One Word Can Be


The second in an ongoing series by undergraduate students in Intro to Creative Nonfiction at the University of Iowa reflecting on writing and revising. In this post, Genji Onishi draws inspiration from jazz pianist Bill Evans.

A topic brought up in our class a lot has been about how music might influence our writing, whether it’s a certain playlist or a song which through repeated plays has faded to some part of the brain that’s not really listening but helps the other parts to focus entirely on writing. Perhaps even music can affect the mood of our writing, as though when some emotional part of our brain lights up, the unconscious or zone or wherever place we write from draws from that light and smacks it onto the paper, as vividly as if the reader were hearing it. Continue reading