I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.Leonardo da Vinci
It’s funny to think of the flow state as something that people study in laboratories. For me, my notion of the laboratory seems … Read more
I’ll start here by mentioning what might be even more obvious to you, dear reader. I’m no expert in blogging. I’m not a blog-guru, no master of bloggery-fu.
I’m OK with that. I will still like myself if I’m not featured in the top 100 blog listings.
I’m doing this … Read more
Freewriting is the writer’s way of directly engaging the flow state.
(What is the flow state?)
How freewriting engenders the flow state
You start writing (or dictating) before you know what you are going to say. You continue to write whether or not you know anything about what … Read more
When I freewrite, I “engage the flow.”
I am willing to accept what comes. I am receptive, I let things go.
I am present to the moment. I engage a sense of intentionality to write for a given purpose and images and words just happen spontaneously.
I write what’s there … Read more
Maybe you look out at the world and you don’t always like what you see.
All the over-hyped movies. Blockbusters that won awards and then were never heard of later. “Timeless classics” that became embarrassments.
The intellectual in me likes to try to complicate things. As a writer, I wanted … Read more
I’m turning into a freewriting evangelist. I love to spread the word about all the cool things you can do with freewriting.
Many people have some experience with freewriting. The problem is that we learned it in a way that fails to account for how damn versatile it can be. … Read more
Freewriting is a technique many people have heard about but few writers are really taking advantage of. I know of no other way of writing that offers as much potential for productivity and creative growth as freewriting does.
It is also remarkably versatile. Freewriting is equally beneficial whether you want … Read more
Every action should be a step towards depth, integrity, and mastery.
That means doing one thing at a time. Nothing should get in the way of that single thing.
Don’t try to switch back and forth between different tasks.
I know it’s tempting! But don’t do that.
Switching back and … Read more
I want to share an embarrassing story from my life because it’s a good illustration about how the philosophy of freewriting changed everything for me.
When I was young, I was shy and reserved. Quiet. Withdrawn. I was richly imaginative, but I didn’t know how to relate with other people. … Read more
Freewriting involves making a mess of things.
You sit down (probably) and start writing. You may or may not know what you want to say. You write.
You figure something out, and you get excited, and write faster for awhile. Then that thought dries up and you are once more … Read more