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freewriting

Self-Criticism Hacks for Writers

To this perfection of nature in our poet we require exercise of those parts, exercitatio, and frequent. If his wit will not arrive suddenly at the dignity of the ancients, let him not yet fall out with it, quarrel, or be over hastily angry, offer to turn it away

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indulgence

The Quiet Ways We Say “I Can’t”

Sometimes I can catch them — the whispers and mumbles that tell me I can’t do something. Or I shouldn’t.

But I want to!

Is that my “inner parent?” Is it wisdom?

I don’t often know. So I check in with myself. When I check in, I ask questions like:… Read more

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goals

The Writing Life Is An Adventure. Set Goals!

“If asked whether I ever knew among the intellectual, a happy man, Blake would be the only one who would immediately occur to me.”

-Some guy who knew William Blake

I hope that when you reach your deathbed you will have the opportunity to look back at a life lived … Read more

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freewriting indulgence

Your Inner Critic Wants A Challenge

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

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freewriting

Five Key Facets of Freewriting – [How to Freewrite]

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

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freewriting

Take a Brain Dump!

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

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indulgence

Why the World Needs More Schlock, Not Less

“Ah, there’s too much garbage out there.”

“So much bad writing! Art these days just doesn’t make any sense.”

“That looks like something I could do.”

When I hear people say these sorts of things, I can feel that they believe what they’re saying. And I know that they are … Read more