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Big Kids Freewrite Too

Freewriting not something that people do because they haven’t learned how to write “properly.” Big kids can freewrite too.

Truly, I would argue that freewriting is a technique that deepens and reveals more of its benefits the more experience you have. That is how it has been for me.

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What “Beginner’s Mind” Offers the Writer

A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor’s cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain himself.

“It’s full! No

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A Freewriter’s Trait to Embody: Humility

The way of physical things is to erode and wear down.

Over time, statues crumble, great landmarks change and fade, and as time passes, we grow older. Our batteries drain.

Hopefully we remain enthused and growing, manifesting our vision, regardless of our situation or age. On the one hand, time … Read more

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What Ol’ Jack Kerouac Brings to the Freewriter’s Table

I don’t know about you, but if I pick up something by one of the Beats I get a sense of vitality in the kind of writing they were doing.

Like this excerpt from On the Road:

the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are

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How to Expand Time During Your Freewrite

When I freewrite, I “engage the flow.”

I am willing to accept what comes. I am receptive, I let things go.

I am present to the moment. I engage a sense of intentionality to write for a given purpose and images and words just happen spontaneously.

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Navigating the Outline of a Messy Draft

I wrote previously about the benefits of keeping a file of topic ideas. Basically like a compost pile, a document where you can throw all sorts of material into and transform rough pieces into polished drafts.

Maybe that document sounds like it would be a headache to make sense … Read more

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Questions to Ask Your Writer’s Block

Do you want to move more deeply to get beneath the block… or let it go?

Freewriting involves writing without stopping for some length of time. Sometimes it’s awesome, sometimes it sucks.

If you freewrite for a long time, there are bound to be moments when you write things that … Read more

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Use Your Peripheral Vision! [Depth Freewriting Strategy]

A writer’s peripheral vision

Sometimes the best ideas have to sneak up on you.

You know the feeling. You’re doodling around with one thing or another, then WHAM! Like lightning, inspiration strikes. Eureka! You race forward with your new discovery. The world is forever changed.

It’s a beautiful feeling, and … Read more

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Why it’s Essential to Unlearn How to Write

The Value of Deconditioning

Practice can lead to improvement, but we don’t automatically get better as we write.

Experience alone doesn’t lead to improvement. If we do the same thing over and over, years may go by and we don’t get better.

If you drive your car in circles, you’ll … Read more

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Take Ownership of the World

Maybe you look out at the world and you don’t always like what you see.

All the over-hyped movies. Blockbusters that won awards and then were never heard of later. “Timeless classics” that became embarrassments.

The intellectual in me likes to try to complicate things. As a writer, I wanted … Read more