If you have ever cleared away clutter, you know what a pick-me-up it can be. The things we own can either help us or drag us down. These days, we face the strange predicament that it is easier to accrue things than get rid of them. Clutter clearing is the practice of basically getting rid… Continue reading TMMW 2: Clutter Clearing / Reading What Triggers You
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
For the past few months, I’ve been meeting with others two or three times a week to do virtual writing marathons. On average, I write just over 4000 words during each marathon. On average, I can “use” about 1/3 of this written material without having to change anything about it. I can just plug it… Continue reading Best Practices When Doing A Writing Marathon
Writers can be difficult people, uniquely stubborn to work with. Alas, I love writers. People have accused me of being a writer for quite some time, and the truth is… I like to consider myself one, in fact. But here’s the shady truth: amidst a writer’s nest of convoluted personality quirks, many are also truly… Continue reading In fact, it’s better if you have nothing to say
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
You’re one person, but you have many sides. Maybe you have some sense for these different sides of yourself. It’s likely that they are largely determined by what kind of action is required from you or based on a certain setting that you find yourself in. Maybe you have a corporate side that emerges at… Continue reading What Part of You Is the Writer?
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?
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?
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
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