That Made My Week 1 – Artificial Intelligence and Analogy

What is “That Made My Week?” A weekly newsletter. A place for me to share the best thing I’ve come across that week. Something that means a lot to me. Maybe an idea, an article, or something inspiring someone is doing. Something that conveys a sense that “Wow, I didn’t realize that was possible!” Why?… Continue reading That Made My Week 1 – Artificial Intelligence and Analogy

Freewriting Exercise: Get Things Moving

Writing is weird. It’s not like other art forms. And every writer at some point has found it difficult or uninspiring to write. Over the years, I have tried all sorts of writing strategies, exercises and techniques. Sometimes out of frustration, and sometimes out of a desire to embrace all the weird ways that we… Continue reading Freewriting Exercise: Get Things Moving

Freewriting Exercise: How Do Others See You?

This exercise is an opportunity to explore a different side of yourself by experiencing yourself through the eyes of another. Much of the time, we are stuck in our own limited perspectives — we have our habitual way of seeing ourselves and that’s it. On occasion, we are open to outside opinion and able to… Continue reading Freewriting Exercise: How Do Others See You?

Freewriting Exercise: What’s Strange About You?

You are so weird! Thank God for that. Here is an opportunity to sing the praises of a quirky facet of your individuality. We are all made up of a mishmash of habits, beliefs, traits and preferences. Plus a given quantity of ineffable something. How does this unique aspect of your individuality see the world?… Continue reading Freewriting Exercise: What’s Strange About You?

Freewriting Exercise: Rewrite An Oral Story

For this exercise, you get to retell a story that at some point has been told to you by someone else. We all have stories we carry around. Some of these stories come from our own experience and others are those that have been shared to us by someone else. Stories passed along by an… Continue reading Freewriting Exercise: Rewrite An Oral Story

Freewriting Exercise: Quickly Sketch Out Plot Points

This writing exercise takes you from a very general idea to a more fleshed-out draft or outline. What you need to begin A rough idea of what you’d like to write Twenty minutes or so If your rough idea is a single statement, break it into three parts. Use these three plot points to freewrite… Continue reading Freewriting Exercise: Quickly Sketch Out Plot Points