For the past few months, I’ve been meeting with others two or three times a week to do virtual writing marathons. On average, I write just over 4000 words during each marathon. On average, I can “use” about 1/3 of this written material without having to change anything about it. I can just plug it… Continue reading Best Practices When Doing A Writing Marathon
Freewriting Exercise: Get Things Moving
Writing is weird. It’s not like other art forms. And every writer at some point has found it difficult or uninspiring to write. Over the years, I have tried all sorts of writing strategies, exercises and techniques. Sometimes out of frustration, and sometimes out of a desire to embrace all the weird ways that we… Continue reading Freewriting Exercise: Get Things Moving
What Part of You Is the Writer?
You’re one person, but you have many sides. Maybe you have some sense for these different sides of yourself. It’s likely that they are largely determined by what kind of action is required from you or based on a certain setting that you find yourself in. Maybe you have a corporate side that emerges at… Continue reading What Part of You Is the Writer?
Freewriting Exercise: How Do Others See You?
This exercise is an opportunity to explore a different side of yourself by experiencing yourself through the eyes of another. Much of the time, we are stuck in our own limited perspectives — we have our habitual way of seeing ourselves and that’s it. On occasion, we are open to outside opinion and able to… Continue reading Freewriting Exercise: How Do Others See You?
Freewriting Exercise: What’s Strange About You?
You are so weird! Thank God for that. Here is an opportunity to sing the praises of a quirky facet of your individuality. We are all made up of a mishmash of habits, beliefs, traits and preferences. Plus a given quantity of ineffable something. How does this unique aspect of your individuality see the world?… Continue reading Freewriting Exercise: What’s Strange About You?