This exercise gets you to write from direct observation, presencing your immediate surroundings.
The result of delving into this kind of writing is that it gets you to deeply and vividly spread your awareness into the space around you. It’s an awesome workout for your descriptive ability and can also … Read more
This exercise will only take about fifteen minutes but it’s guaranteed to make your day.
It involves spending a few minutes now to write a letter that will get delivered to yourself in the future.
Think of it as an electronic time capsule. A secret message you can send into … Read more
There is a lot of value when artists are magpies, collecting, listening, mimicking. Trying their hand at different things.
This exercise is about remixing, collecting, gathering, playing with existing stories. Doing your version of something just as an experiment.
The opportunities here are endless.
I find the mimicking and copying … Read more
Freewriting has been around for some time.
Freewriting involves writing without stopping, and there are a variety of other techniques that can be woven into the practice.
One of the central values behind freewriting is that of letting go of judgment, which by default leaves you in a more original … Read more
This exercise gets you to freewrite for the express purpose of deleting almost every single word, sparing a few here and there.
What is an erasure?
An erasure is a kind of poem that you make by taking a page of typewritten material and erasing most of it. The words … Read more
Interesting things emerge from inviting opposites into the same space.
Delicious recipes often involve stirring together very different ingredients.
This is the kind of freewriting exercise that is as much about stirring up potential material as it is about simply getting into a state. Just as a singer needs to … Read more
To break through the block that you’re experiencing, try this simple formula:
- Write without stopping, no matter what.
- Stay in the present; perceive, don’t judge.
- Focus where you want to go.
These are the fundamentals of depth freewriting.
Write without stopping. Continue moving forward, even if:
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The beliefs underlying writer’s block
Writer’s block comes in many forms.
The most obvious form is the “total stop” kind of writer’s block where even if you wanted to write something, you just can’t.
Writer’s block also takes other, more subtle forms. Sometimes it is merely a palpable constriction in … Read more
For this exercise, the main constraint is the auditory element.
Freewrite for ten or twenty minutes (at least), focused only on the sense of sound.
As you write, really get into the feeling of the sound.
You might listen to music and write the way a song feels.
You might … Read more
Images are a great resource for writers to take advantage of.
With tools like Pinterest and Google Image Search, it’s trivial to dig up all sorts of useful images relevant to just about any element of a story.
For example, one great way to work on a novel with a … Read more