Writing & Pedagogy, Vol 4, No 2 (2012)

Using Fractals to Undermine Familiarity: Implementing Writing Pedagogy through the Operations of Shape and Chance

Ravi Shankar

Abstract


More than mere mathematical form, the fractal and other processes of chance can be used to help spur creative writing in new directions. From the inception of the I Ching, some form of constraint and the use of chance operations have been employed for centuries to free the creative impulse from overdetermination. This essay explores how one writer uses the flux of chaos both in the classroom and in his own writing, from collaborations to specifically designed writing exercises that help free the unconscious mind while still providing a sturdy architecture for perception.

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DOI: 10.1558/wap.v4i2.297

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