Freewriting Exercise for Uncovering Hidden Emotions

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 do. And so do you.… Continue reading Freewriting Exercise for Uncovering Hidden Emotions

Why Finishing A Book Is Harder Now Than Ever (And How to Gain the Competitive Edge)

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 matter the writing project, things… Continue reading Why Finishing A Book Is Harder Now Than Ever (And How to Gain the Competitive Edge)

Let the Flow of Freewriting Hold You Beyond All Distractions

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 Really Transport Your Reader

When we read a story, we get transported to someplace. For this to happen, people talk about the need for the reader to have a willing suspension of disbelief. This phrase came from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the Romantic writer. “In this idea originated the plan of the ‘Lyrical Ballads’; in which it was agreed, that… Continue reading How to Really Transport Your Reader

Writers Blocked by Doubt, Try This Method Instead

You want to write but you feel blocked. The block tries to justify its existence. It wants to convince you that it needs to be there. It tends to come up again and again and follow the same patterns. It’s an energy drain that leads to familiar places. Try this freewriting method instead: Write to… Continue reading Writers Blocked by Doubt, Try This Method Instead

What stops you from finishing what you start?

I’m a recovering project-aholic. I take on more tasks than I can finish. There are a lot of factors to this. Here’s one of the big ones: Being busy is an excuse for not finishing what I’m working on. Maybe you can relate. When the going gets tough, part of me seeks out the path… Continue reading What stops you from finishing what you start?

A Trait to Embody: Enthusiasm [Applied Freewriting]

Mere Enthusiasm is the All in All! William Blake It’s only natural to feel unenthusiastic sometimes. Feelings often have something to show us, so it is important to notice what you are experiencing and to allow yourself to hear the wisdom on the other side of the emotion. When you don’t feel like writing, when… Continue reading A Trait to Embody: Enthusiasm [Applied Freewriting]