This exercise is an opportunity to explore a different side of yourself by experiencing yourself through the eyes of another.
Much of the time, we are stuck in our own limited perspectives — we have our habitual way of seeing ourselves and that’s it. On occasion, we are open to … Read more
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 … 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
Today, across the world, millions of writers sat down at their desks to write. A substantial percentage of them never actually wrote anything.
They sat down with good intentions and then proceeded to
- blank out
- do something else
What is this mysterious problem that blocks writers?
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“I’d love to write a book, but I don’t have that kind of time. My schedule is already full, plus I’m constantly being interrupted by my kids, and for the sake of my sanity I desperately need to maintain some sort of social life. That doesn’t leave me enough time … Read more
Writing isn’t hard. Compared to other challenges life brings, writing isn’t even remotely difficult.
Writing for a sustained period, however, takes courage. Writing and finishing a project takes bravery. More bravery than most people realize.
Nonwriters have only had a taste of this in school or when maybe writing … Read more
Open freewriting is completely openended. You just write. The simplicity of methodology doesn’t mean that you are limited to what can emerge. With open freewriting, it is especially true that anything can happen. Open freewriting is a place for you to be wild, chaotic, totally free, totally present. … Read more
The more you freewrite, the more you become yourself.
Unburdened writing gets you in touch with your own voice.
Through the ongoing practice of writing without constraint, being totally free, you learn to trust your inner wisdom.
When you freewrite…
- Nobody is telling you how to write or how you
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A writer’s peripheral vision
Sometimes the best ideas have to sneak up on you.
You know the feeling. You’re doodling around with one thing or another, then WHAM! Like lightning, inspiration strikes. Eureka! You race forward with your new discovery. The world is forever changed.
It’s a beautiful feeling, and … 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