Back to Jack (Kerouac): 15 Rules / by daintydora

I enjoyed reading Jack Kerouac's 'lost novel' recently, but I admire and am drawn to the wild and passionate way he lived his life even more. His 'Rules of Spontaneous Prose' (or 'Belief and Technique for Modern Prose', as it was also known) could almost be 'The Rules' on how to live as a creative and as a vagabond, roaming the tide of modern life.

There are 30 'rules'. I have picked 15 favourites:

1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy

4. Be in love with yr life

5. Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind

9. The unspeakable visions of the individual

11. Visionary tics shivering in the chest

12. In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you

14. Like Proust be an old teahead of time

15. Telling the true story of the world in interior monolog

16. The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye

17. Write in recollection and amazement of yourself

20. Believe in the holy contour of life

21. Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind

23. Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in yr morning

25. Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it

29. You're a Genius all the time

In imagining all that life can be; the great expanse of dreams and joy and rich heart-fluttering happiness grasping at being alive and free, I am sharing my Pinterest board on 'Mantras for Life', which I turn to when I need some perspective:

Follow Rebecca's board Mantras for Life on Pinterest.

Or if things are really bad, my 'Emotional Rescue' board: 

Follow Rebecca's board Emotional Rescue on Pinterest.

I also try to consign perceived disappointments, set-backs and failures to a folder marked 'experience', attributing these thoughts to the messages we all receive around us every day that elevate the ideal of the 'American dream' (or the British dream) as the pinnacle of all achievement.

Success means different things to different people. And I choose a life of happiness and dreaming.

Read the full list of 30 Rules for Spontaneous Prose.