Minimalism is about paring things down to the minimum — minimum elements, clean sleek minimal design.
Essentialism is similar but different. It’s about “less but better.”
In Greg McKeown’s book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, he lays out the core essentialist mindset.
1. Individual choice: We can choose
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Maybe you’re in the middle of a writing project — a book, a blog, a presentation — and you’re starting to feel boggy. Dragged down, uninspired.
Sometimes we get stuck because we have been looking at the situation the wrong way. Or we have run out of good ideas. Or … Read more
People have all sorts of opinions and even emotional baggage when it comes to making outlines for a writing project.
Some people love outlines, most people hate them. One of the biggest misconceptions about outlining is that they are somehow separate from the creative process, that whereas writing is creative, … Read more
It’s not even “writer’s block.” You just don’t care. Writing no longer fuels you.
Stacks of boring papers.
Stacks of boring books.
Boring letters on the screen.
Blank, dead mind. Zero drive.
Someone please come distract me.
How to bring vitality back to your writing process
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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