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 can nimbly convey the deepest… Continue reading Freewriting Exercise: Douse Your Inner Critic with the Flow of Poetic Imagery
How Writers Break Through the Flow State’s Crusty Outer Layer
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. Of course this means not… Continue reading How Writers Break Through the Flow State’s Crusty Outer Layer
Freewriters Are More Prolific, But Is Their Writing Any Good?
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 how to write without stopping,… Continue reading Freewriters Are More Prolific, But Is Their Writing Any Good?
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
To Really Stay In the Flow, Try Paring Down
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 anything even makes any sense.… Continue reading To Really Stay In the Flow, Try Paring Down