The problem: Nothing adds up Thoughts are like puzzle pieces. Taken by themselves, each thought doesn’t really add up to much. It’s just a single puzzle piece. But when those puzzle pieces start to fit together, miracles happen. Ordinarily, we go around with our heads full of miscellaneous thoughts. When we sit down to write,… Continue reading When I Am Puzzled By What To Write, I Do This
It’s vital to spend the early hours of each day focused on the activities that bring us the most richness and depth. Studies consistently show how the happiest and most productive people spend their early morning hours doing things that some people struggle to ever get around to. Many people face a daily struggle of… Continue reading Use Morning Freewriting to Live With Intent and Clarity
How to reverse engineer story structure by studying the blurbs and short summaries of stories you already know Maybe it’s true that reverse engineering is my favorite kind of engineering. If that is true, I wonder what that says about me? One thing I have been doing lately is digging to read the synopsis of… Continue reading Learn Story Structure By Reading the Synopsis
Let’s say you want to write an essay. So you freewrite for twenty minutes, then you look back at what you have written, and you discover that it’s a rant about something completely unrelated to your essay. There are only a couple of sentences that pertain to your essay. What should you do? The bottom… Continue reading How to Unravel the Myth That Freewriting is Messy
How to Impose Structure After You Write In my experience… the more you do it, the less messy it gets. That’s not to say the results are the same every time or that freewriting is the same for all people… or that there’s a right way to do it. My statement applies two ways: 1… Continue reading Does Freewriting Need to Be Messy?
I wrote previously about the benefits of keeping a file of topic ideas. Basically like a compost pile, a document where you can throw all sorts of material into and transform rough pieces into polished drafts. Maybe that document sounds like it would be a headache to make sense of. A disaster waiting to happen.… Continue reading Navigating the Outline of a Messy Draft