Today, I edited a section of my next book about the shack pictured above. At a couple of points during the writing I couldn’t think of a description I liked. So, I went to the cut ups file I keep, and which I keep adding to, and scrolled through it at random.
I copied words and phrases from the file that sparked ideas or that seemed most appropriate to what I wanted to describe. Then I pasted them into the manuscript. After a further few minutes of working with them, I had descriptions I liked. Descriptions that I would never have thought of without using cut ups. Truth is, I use cut ups a lot. But, last night I watched this BBC documentary on David Bowie and was reminded that he also used them back in the 1970’s.
What I didn’t realise was that he was still using them up until his untimely death earlier this week. I found the short clip above where he discusses how he uses them. Cut ups are like a recipe, but you have no idea what you’re making. Or, if it’ll be any good. But, in my experience, there are always at least a couple of words that are worth noting down for some reason or another. And that’s reason enough for me to keep on cutting up.