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Freewriting Exercise: Quickly Sketch Out Plot Points

This writing exercise takes you from a very general idea to a more fleshed-out draft or outline.

What you need to begin

  • A rough idea of what you’d like to write
  • Twenty minutes or so
  1. If your rough idea is a single statement, break it into three parts.
  2. Use these
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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.… Read more

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Why it’s Essential to Unlearn How to Write

The Value of Deconditioning

Practice can lead to improvement, but we don’t automatically get better as we write.

Experience alone doesn’t lead to improvement. If we do the same thing over and over, years may go by and we don’t get better.

If you drive your car in circles, you’ll … Read more

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Can You Really Freewrite an Entire Book?

Certainly.

Yep. Yep, you can freewrite a whole book.

So there’s the answer.

But maybe you were hoping for something along the lines of “how can I freewrite my book?” or “can you show me what freewriting a book might look like?”

To which I answer:

Certainly.

Yep. Yep, I … Read more

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I Use This Rapid Outlining Strategy to Boost Productivity

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