Get words on the screen faster
There comes a point in any writing project when you need to follow Ernest Hemingway’s rule for writers: Apply the seat of your pants to the seat of a chair.
That is, you have to write. That’s the second step of the writing process: freewriting.
Only forget that kind of writing where you:
- Hunt for the right word.
- Peck it out.
- Shuffle through notes looking for a quote.
- Head to the vending machines for the third time in 15 minutes, hoping that when you come back you might — just might — think of something to say.
Nothing gets words on the screen faster or gives your writing more personality than freewriting.
Divide and conquer.
Freewriting is intense, high-energy work. You’ll only be able to tackle a small portion at a time.
So break your project up. Instead of challenging yourself to write a whole piece, think sections, paragraphs or sentences:
- Don’t write a press release; write the headline, deck and lead.
- Don’t write a speech; write the introduction.
- Don’t write a blog post; write the first three tips.
When you finish a section, take a break. Make a grapefruit Spindrift run. Check your email. File your notes.
Then get back to the job. That minute or two away from the screen will leave you refreshed, refueled — and ready to go again.
Learn how to write — really write!
Learn more techniques for watching your fingers fly across the keyboard at Write Better, Easier and Faster — our writing-process workshop starting Sept. 18.
You’ll learn a process that works with (not against) your brain to help you save writing time; come up with more creative ideas; and avoid writer’s block, procrastination and same-old, same-old.
Best of all, you’ll experience the creativity and productivity high of “flow,” where your fingers fly across the keyboard to keep up with all of the brilliant words pouring out of your head.
It’s a joy, and you deserve it. Don’t miss out!
Save up to $100 with our group discounts.