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
Writers are fortunate to have all sorts of different descriptive tools to label the things we do and how we use language to give shape to our thoughts and feelings.
This article introduces a couple of useful distinctions. They sound more complicated than they really are. They sound complicated because … Read more
What is a transition?
Transitional words and phrases are like little bits of logical padding that show how different subjects are connected.
Examples of transitional words:
- in essence
- in conclusion
- for instance
- in particular
- in truth
- as a result
. . .plus a zillion … Read more
A poem can take any form. It can rhyme. It can be short or long. Poetry uses language in ways that ordinary purposeful speech never does.
One of the fundamentals of poetry (and language in general) is the use of analogy. One thing is like another thing. With skill, analogy … Read more
This exercise is broken into a variety of subcomponents that are catered to specific ways of applying freewriting as a means of learning from your writer’s block.
Your writer’s block is not quite the same as someone else’s writer’s block. It also might not be as different or as unique … Read more