The Kurosawa Method

 
The life of a writer is no doubt a busy one. More so if you’re not yet a full-time writer, and you must balance a day job and/or your family life.

 

If you’re struggling to find the time to write, perhaps you need to adapt a new approach to your writing schedule. Corey Mandell offers one method, employed by the great Akira Kurosawa, that could be useful.

 

Akira Kurosawa behind the camera. A condemned thief is rescued from the gallows to impersonate a powerful warlord in 20th Century-Fox's "Kagemusha," an epic saga of feudal conflict in medieval Japan, directed by Japan's most celebrated filmmaker, Akira Kurosawa.

Akira Kurosawa behind the camera.
A condemned thief is rescued from the gallows to impersonate a powerful warlord in 20th Century-Fox’s “Kagemusha,” an epic saga of feudal conflict in medieval Japan, directed by Japan’s most celebrated filmmaker, Akira Kurosawa.

 
From Corey Mandell:

 
Kurosawa knew that there would be plenty of days he wouldn’t be physically, mentally or emotionally able to produce multiple pages.  But there would never be a day that he couldn’t write at least one page.
 
 

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One Response to “The Kurosawa Method”

  1. TIMOTHY DOWD Says:

    August 10th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I think lots of writers have discovered the one-page-per-day method, out
    of desperation; I know that whenever I’ve shifted into that mode
    myself, I have found it to be a true challenge — it’s unexpectedly
    exhausting, perhaps because of the idea that one can never escape from
    writing for a full day. What I love about BluCat’s post is Kurosawa’s
    optimism about such a sked: I’ll bet he appreciated the inner
    orderliness that writing can impart to one’s mind and spirit and even
    body. Looking forward to such a peaceful state is quite the reverse of
    the fear of being crushed by all the creative projects in one’s personal
    hopper, not to mention being crushed, too, by the demands of one’s job,
    by family obligations, school, health, etc. I dare those of us who are
    mourning great blocks of creative writing time, to try the Kurosawa
    method, starting NOW. Let’s do it for a week! Then let’s report back
    here with our results… I’m assuming that our projects that are pretty
    well thought out will be the ones to afford the best momentum,
    initially — of course. …Thank you for the post, BlueCat!

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