When you are faced with a complicated task, it can feel all the more daunting because of how multi-faceted it is.
Every time your mind turns toward this project, you can’t make sense of it. Your thinking around it feels tangled in the layers of project management that seem to … Read more
What are you feeling right now?
Maybe you are interested. Maybe you’re bored. Maybe you’re not really feeling anything.
I used to think that I was just feeling one thing. I used to believe that I was a pretty rational guy. I didn’t think I had emotional problems.
But I … Read more
One of the most powerful freewriting exercises I know of is also the most straightforward.
The exercise is for finding your life goals and developing a plan for achieving them.
Why use freewriting?
Freewriting is a way of writing that gets around the common blocks and mental barriers. Because you … Read more
One way to think about writing: You’re inputting text.
From this standpoint, if you want to write faster, you need to type faster.
But so much of the actual time it takes to write something doesn’t merely depend on whether you can type fast, but whether you can write seamlessly.… Read more
What is creative independence?
I use the term to mean things like
- location independence
- financial independence
- generally, your life on your terms
- a free mind
- being empowered to share your message and vision with the world
The exercise that can change your life
Everyone has ambitions, desires, and goals that … Read more
Phase 2: Clutter in the creative process
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You know your creative process is cluttered when
- You feel an oomph to get things done but when you sit down to work nothing seems to happen
- You have a to-do list that grows more rapidly than it
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Writing is especially cluttery
Of all the creative modalities, writing is not the most straightforward.
If I draw something from direct observation, I put pencil to paper. I observe and I make marks. I’m using a single sense: vision.
With writing, I use all five senses. I write imaginatively, I … Read more
Setting out to write a book often comes with a surge of energy and inspiration. The words flow and the ideas emerge.
Maybe you’re writing a nonfiction book to help expand your platform or share a new tool with the world. Maybe you’re penning the next bestselling mystery series.
No … Read more
Freewriters enjoy their writing time more than writers who stop and think. Writing without stopping brings the flow state. Their writing time is dramatically more productive than writers who insist on stopping and waiting until they have their next good idea.
This increased effectiveness has another benefit: Because freewriters know … Read more
I often write about the positive aspects of regular freewriting, and I am especially enthusiastic about the positive qualities of freewriting marathons.
A common reaction I hear about the idea of doing an eight hour writing marathon is that it must be exhausting. In my experience, it is far more … Read more