Freewriting has been around for some time.
Freewriting involves writing without stopping, and there are a variety of other techniques that can be woven into the practice.
One of the central values behind freewriting is that of letting go of judgment, which by default leaves you in a more original … Read more
The beliefs underlying writer’s block
Writer’s block comes in many forms.
The most obvious form is the “total stop” kind of writer’s block where even if you wanted to write something, you just can’t.
Writer’s block also takes other, more subtle forms. Sometimes it is merely a palpable constriction in … Read more
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 … 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
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
One way to think about writing: You’re inputting text.
From this standpoint, if you want to write faster, you need to type faster.
But so much of the actual time it takes to write something doesn’t merely depend on whether you can type fast, but whether you can write seamlessly.… Read more
Freewriters enjoy their writing time more than writers who stop and think. Writing without stopping brings the flow state. Their writing time is dramatically more productive than writers who insist on stopping and waiting until they have their next good idea.
This increased effectiveness has another benefit: Because freewriters know … Read more
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 … Read more
I will not Reason & Compare, my business is to Create! William Blake
As a writer, it is all to easy to get bogged down by complex ideas, intricately layered plot points. It can feel overwhelming to navigate scene after scene and wonder whether the pacing feels believable or whether … Read more
Why do you need talking points?
Maybe you need to give a speech or a presentation. Maybe you just want to organize your thinking around a big topic so that if you have an impromptu conversation, you feel prepared.
It’s easier to hold a few talking points than to try … Read more