When you write… Like a toddler in a tantrum making a mess, let it rip. Let the voice be unfettered. Let the page be filled. Go with what comes. Different one moment to the next. For a time, you write the sweetest truths. You write your long-held secrets so encapsulated you had forgotten you even… Continue reading Let the Flow of Freewriting Hold You Beyond All Distractions
How to reverse engineer story structure by studying the blurbs and short summaries of stories you already know Maybe it’s true that reverse engineering is my favorite kind of engineering. If that is true, I wonder what that says about me? One thing I have been doing lately is digging to read the synopsis of… Continue reading Learn Story Structure By Reading the Synopsis
Before I went to grad school to get my MFA in Creative Writing, I had a love of the written word. I loved poetry and I loved myths and folktales. Strangle little tales were gems to me. I loved proverbs and wisdom stories. They felt to me like spaces I could enter and I loved… Continue reading How My Love of Writing Got Squashed
Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions. To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life. Only then will you know that any… Continue reading Don’t Psych Yourself Up!
Without a doubt, freewriting is the most direct method for productivity as a writer. When you freewrite you get to head straight to the source and write without stopping. Generally people see freewriting as a rigid or constrained exercise where you make yourself write without stopping. My suggestion is … yes, write without stopping, but… Continue reading Try This Freewriting Exercise to Warm Up and Make Discoveries
The Value of Deconditioning Practice can lead to improvement, but we don’t automatically get better as we write. Experience alone doesn’t lead to improvement. If we do the same thing over and over, years may go by and we don’t get better. If you drive your car in circles, you’ll put plenty of miles on… Continue reading Why it’s Essential to Unlearn How to Write