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?
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
This exercise gets you to freewrite for the express purpose of deleting almost every single word, sparing a few here and there. What is an erasure? An erasure is a kind of poem that you make by taking a page of typewritten material and erasing most of it. The words that you leave are the… Continue reading Freewriting Exercise: Make Erasures
For this exercise, the main constraint is the auditory element. Freewrite for ten or twenty minutes (at least), focused only on the sense of sound. As you write, really get into the feeling of the sound. You might listen to music and write the way a song feels. You might say nothing about the music,… Continue reading Freewriting Exercise: Get Sensual With Sound
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 be required to get everything… Continue reading Freewriting Exercise: Finding Clarity About A Complicated Project
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
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 are writing without stopping, you… Continue reading Freewriting Exercise- Find Your Life Goals
Most of the learning about freewriting expresses itself as different yang things — active things that you do or focus on or direct your intent towards. Yet the heart of freewriting is really in the yin of it, the yin being the receptivity and flow of it. Willing rather than willful Allowing rather than directing… Continue reading Harness Both Yin and Yang of Freewriting