Levy shares six freewriting secrets designed to knock out your editor and let your genius run free. He also includes 15 problem-solving and creativity-stimulating principles you can use if you need more firepower - seven of which are new to this edition - and stories of problems he and others have solved through freewriting. Also new to this edition: an extensive section on how to refine your freewriting into something you can share with the world.
Although Levy originally taught freewriting as a private brainstorming technique, over the years he and his clients have found that, with some tweaking, it's a great way to generate content for books, articles, and other thought-leadership pieces. I'm a writer, public speaker, Toast Master and business person. My daily activity involves creating a lot of written content for speeches, blogs, article writing and product reviews.
The dreaded 'writers block' is a big problem for people like myself especially on those days when there just isn't enough inspiration to write. I loved this book. It has a great many ideas that will help in all walks of life. It helps you think about things and organize your thoughts and ideas. It is great for writers, poets, song writers etc. I have been a fan of Julia Cameron's morning pages since , Mark Levy's taken this concept another step by embellishing the practicality and effectiveness of this technique. The exercises he offered in the book made it impractical for me to listen while commuting as I was perpetually drawn to want to pause and give myself the ten minutes.
However having listened through once, I will start again, this time with hands poised over the keyboard or with pen in hand. For those who are drawn to writing as a hobby or profession, this book is loaded with great sources to create prompts to get the words flowing. For those who are drawn to writing as a means of releasing the jumble within your mind, I stand behind my title of this review in that this technique can help you to use "Writing to Right your Way". For those who are neither drawn to nor use writing as a tool, I feel this would be an effective approach to stimulate your communication technique of choice and add value.
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The narrator was brilliant, the one addendum is that I felt at times he spoke to quickly and I gratefully employed the 30sec rewind button numerous times. This is one of those books that would work better as a two-page magazine article. The entire book is about a single idea: if you need to write something and don't know where to start, just start writing whatever comes to mind, there will be time for filtering, editing and fine tuning later. The rest o f the book is an elaboration on this idea. I am not a professional, full-time writer so take my comment with that in mind. There are other books about writing that I found to be much, much richer.
Great book that as Mark Levy says, will cause a chain reaction of ideas in your mind. After reading this book my mind became like a volcano, sometimes I feel like I am going to have a brain seizure for having so many ideas when writing.
It helped me get rid of a 7 year writer's block, now I am writing 2 blogs and ready to write a book! This was a really good book and I have now listened to it three times and intend to listen to it again in a few months to refresh the concepts. First of all, Pinchot has 81 narration credits to his name so he's a total pro. Also, the cadence and tone was right on throughout. I checked the list of books he narrated to see if anything else caught my fancy, he was that good. To each his own. The book itself is excellent. Levy describes the use of "freewriting" where you write as fast as you can for so many minutes without stopping and without editing or correcting yourself for idea generation.
I understand freewriting is an old technique, and Levy cites Peter Elbow's "Writing with Power" as a source. Being my first real intro to the idea I learned a lot and have been using freewriting as Levy describes and frankly I think it's a life-changer though perhaps that's overstating just slightly. It is extremely useful and he supplements the basic freewriting idea with a number of concepts for idea generation and using your freewriting for more finished and public work.
If I were to criticize something in the book I'd just say a few of the exercises are of questionable value, but there's plenty here to hold your interest. Would you listen to Accidental Genius again? I have to listen to Accidental Genious again and again to process all the information given! Any additional comments? Tons and tons of great ideas and exercises to help yo get started writing.
As a professional writer for four decades in many, many genres I believe there's always something new one can learn.
Really, wow! What a pleasant surprise. Don't be fooled by this book's average looking cover.
Accidental genius : using writing to generate your best ideas, insights, and content
Firstly, it does exactly what it says on the tin- It tells you where you can find your best ideas and how to capture and build on them. But it's much more than that.
It's also about finding 'flow' , about silencing your inner critic and other demons for long enough to let your higher self shine It's exciting, motivating and offers some of the very best techniques for overcoming writer's block I've ever come heard. If you need some inspiration and motivation to tackle major problems in your life, whether work related or life issues, I strongly recommend you have a listen.
You don't need to be a writer to use the techniques. But if you are a writer like me, then you'll find them doubly valuable. As you listen you'll find yourself itching to try stuff out. It really is that good. I've ordered a hard copy to serve as a permanent writing companion. I know it's going to be a book I keep with me for a long time. You are thinking already, so write the thoughts.
It enables you access the raw stream of thoughts directly from your sub consciousness. The results are almost always incredible. And it works for everyone. Even if you hated school writing assignments, you will love Freewriting. If this summary intrigues you, I wholeheartedly recommend you to get the book, as it contains many stories and additional material that vividly illustrate the techniques presented and their application.
Begin your writing by reminding yourself to try easy. Remind yourself that you do not want produce perfect prose that will be cherished and treasured for generations to come; you just want to write some decent words. You just want to dump your brain. When you write fast and continuously, you will adopt easy and accepting attitude, which unblocks your subconscious mind. If you write slowly, your talking mind will creep in. The talker in your head sucks.
There is only so much mental resources, and the talker will eat too much of them. The talker shuts down your genius sub-conscious computer, which can access all your memories, thoughts, experiences, ideas. Writing continuously is also important. You want to suppress the editor a. When you are Freewriting, set a short time limit for yourself — e. You can use a kitchen timer or some software for this. The time limit is important for two reasons:. If you really write the way you think, your writing will probably make no sense to other people.
Accidental Genius Summary
Write for yourself. Knowing that someone else might see the text would activate the little totalitarian censor in your mind. When doing an improv theater, it is a golden rule to always accept the situation and agree with what other actors say. When you go with a thought, you assume that the thought is true, and you can take a series of logical steps. Just like this: If A is true, that means B is true. And if B is true, that means C is true. And if C is true, …. It keeps you moving, and helps you focus on the yet unexplored parts of a situation. The book includes many more such example questions.
You can and should also invent your own focus changers. The second part of the book talks about Freewriting applications, exercises, and techniques that allow you to get the most out of it. Prompts are Freewriting exercise. When doing this exercise, you begin the Freewriting session with a pre-determined prompt. Prompts are open-ended phrases to warm you up and to send your mind into unanticipated directions. Prompts are somewhat similar to one of my long-time favorite techniques — question answered on paper.
Basically, you write a question, and then start answering it. The result will be a surprise. On the other hand, when the question is very specific, so will be the answers. The way the world sees that word and its meaning might not be the same way you see it. Exercise to try is to make a list of 5 common jargon words from your industry, and open up each for five minutes.
When you are Freewriting, you should reach for obvious facts.