and Sample Vignettes
A non-linear brainstorming
process, clustering makes the Design mind’s interior, invisible associations
visible on a page. Clustering becomes a self-organizing process as words
and phrases are spilled onto the page around a center. The Sign mind begins
to see pattern and meaning, and the writing flows naturally into a vignette.
Here is an example of a five-minute writing activity (for both clustering
and the writing of the vignette). The writer’s first language in this
case is German; even that did not stop her from writing fluently.
I will return. My face will be new. There will be new faces. To
return home without fear, without anger, is a turning point in life.
Maybe I will turn my back on all that happened in earlier years
lately, late, last lesson learned through the turn--and the return.
Who is it that I turn to, that I return to?. --GL
Below is a playful
vignette of a writer who allowed her Design mind to go where it
pleased. Clustering nothing more than the word LETTER produced a
random sampling of letters which led to a patterns of “m” words
in the cluster—and to this vignette:
Men - Magnificent muscles moving, Mysterious yet Malleable Minds
like a maelstrom merging, Macho yet magnetic and mercurial. In
the midst of a million marvelous males, I feel a manic mingling.
The miracle of mere men- they make me melt. --S.R.