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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
Images are a great resource for writers to take advantage of.
With tools like Pinterest and Google Image Search, it’s trivial to dig up all sorts of useful images relevant to just about any element of a story.
For example, one great way to work on a novel with a … Read more
Writers are fortunate to have all sorts of different descriptive tools to label the things we do and how we use language to give shape to our thoughts and feelings.
This article introduces a couple of useful distinctions. They sound more complicated than they really are. They sound complicated because … Read more
What is a transition?
Transitional words and phrases are like little bits of logical padding that show how different subjects are connected.
Examples of transitional words:
- in essence
- in conclusion
- for instance
- in particular
- in truth
- as a result
. . .plus a zillion … Read more
A poem can take any form. It can rhyme. It can be short or long. Poetry uses language in ways that ordinary purposeful speech never does.
One of the fundamentals of poetry (and language in general) is the use of analogy. One thing is like another thing. With skill, analogy … Read more
This exercise is broken into a variety of subcomponents that are catered to specific ways of applying freewriting as a means of learning from your writer’s block.
Your writer’s block is not quite the same as someone else’s writer’s block. It also might not be as different or as unique … Read more
Earlier today an awesome client of mine mentioned an experience she had doing word sprints with a friend so that she could meet her weekly goal. Basically she and a friend raced against each other to see who could hit their word count goal first.
I’ve never done word sprints, … Read more
When you write, do so with mad abandon.
Give yourself full license to go wild and be as tangled and all over the place as necessary.
Because it feels invigorating. A part of you craves the untamed fire of creation. You want it.
The inner critic doesn’t know how to … Read more