You’ve heard about the placebo effect, yeah? When people are given pills that do nothing yet they miraculously start to feel better?
The key part of the placebo effect is that the people taking them don’t know the pills do nothing. The placebo effect is about believing that they’re receiving … Read more
Freewriting is a technique many people have heard about but few writers are really taking advantage of. I know of no other way of writing that offers as much potential for productivity and creative growth as freewriting does.
It is also remarkably versatile. Freewriting is equally beneficial whether you want … Read more
You want to write but you feel blocked.
The block tries to justify its existence. It wants to convince you that it needs to be there. It tends to come up again and again and follow the same patterns. It’s an energy drain that leads to familiar places.
Try this … Read more
You don’t need much to dive into a freewriting session. You don’t even need to be wearing pants if you don’t want to.
Unless you like to write in coffee shops.
Unless the coffee shop has a permissive clothing policy.
Anyway, you don’t need much.
Here are some things you … Read more
Every action should be a step towards depth, integrity, and mastery.
That means doing one thing at a time. Nothing should get in the way of that single thing.
Don’t try to switch back and forth between different tasks.
I know it’s tempting! But don’t do that.
Switching back and … Read more
I want to share an embarrassing story from my life because it’s a good illustration about how the philosophy of freewriting changed everything for me.
When I was young, I was shy and reserved. Quiet. Withdrawn. I was richly imaginative, but I didn’t know how to relate with other people. … Read more
Freewriting involves making a mess of things.
You sit down (probably) and start writing. You may or may not know what you want to say. You write.
You figure something out, and you get excited, and write faster for awhile. Then that thought dries up and you are once more … Read more
So much time gets wasted sitting and staring and trying to think of good ideas.
So much frowning.
Just think of all the poor chairs enduring their writer’s asses right now all across the world.
The stereotypical writer sits hunched forward, mulling over his story.
“What shall be the next … Read more
I’m a recovering project-aholic. I take on more tasks than I can finish.
There are a lot of factors to this. Here’s one of the big ones:
Being busy is an excuse for not finishing what I’m working on.
Maybe you can relate.
When the going gets tough, part of … Read more
“Ah, there’s too much garbage out there.”
“So much bad writing! Art these days just doesn’t make any sense.”
“That looks like something I could do.”
When I hear people say these sorts of things, I can feel that they believe what they’re saying. And I know that they are … Read more