Freewriting Exercise: Rewrite An Oral Story

For this exercise, you get to retell a story that at some point has been told to you by someone else. We all have stories we carry around. Some of these stories come from our own experience and others are those that have been shared to us by someone else. Stories passed along by an… Continue reading Freewriting Exercise: Rewrite An Oral Story

Freewriting Exercise: Quickly Sketch Out Plot Points

This writing exercise takes you from a very general idea to a more fleshed-out draft or outline. What you need to begin A rough idea of what you’d like to write Twenty minutes or so If your rough idea is a single statement, break it into three parts. Use these three plot points to freewrite… Continue reading Freewriting Exercise: Quickly Sketch Out Plot Points

Freewriting Exercise: Vividly Describe Your Environment

This exercise gets you to write from direct observation, presencing your immediate surroundings. The result of delving into this kind of writing is that it gets you to deeply and vividly spread your awareness into the space around you. It’s an awesome workout for your descriptive ability and can also feel like pure indulgence for… Continue reading Freewriting Exercise: Vividly Describe Your Environment

Freewriting Exercise: Write A Letter to Yourself in the Future

This exercise will only take about fifteen minutes but it’s guaranteed to make your day. It involves spending a few minutes now to write a letter that will get delivered to yourself in the future. Think of it as an electronic time capsule. A secret message you can send into the future for yourself. Who… Continue reading Freewriting Exercise: Write A Letter to Yourself in the Future

Freewriting Exercise: Story Remix

There is a lot of value when artists are magpies, collecting, listening, mimicking. Trying their hand at different things. This exercise is about remixing, collecting, gathering, playing with existing stories. Doing your version of something just as an experiment. The opportunities here are endless. I find the mimicking and copying approach more valuable than studying… Continue reading Freewriting Exercise: Story Remix

Freewriting Exercise: ‘I Remember’ and ‘I Want’

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 warm up his/her voice, a… Continue reading Freewriting Exercise: ‘I Remember’ and ‘I Want’

Debunking Writer’s Block: Your Writing Must Be Functional (Part 2)

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: you don’t know what you want to say you… Continue reading Debunking Writer’s Block: Your Writing Must Be Functional (Part 2)

Debunking Writer’s Block: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (Part 1)

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 your motivation to write. In… Continue reading Debunking Writer’s Block: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (Part 1)