Mark Levy, |
If you've ever had a creative-writing class, you've probably been introduced to the concept of freewriting. Freewriting is a stream-of-consciousness method where you sit down with an allotted time period and write on a subject. From that basis, you often create stories, reports and other documents.
Accidental Genius takes freewriting many steps further than your college creative-writing class. In the three sections of this book, you learn the secrets to freewriting, powerful refinements to your freewriting and how to go public with your work.
The secrets portion assists you with getting over the fear of the blank page. The first secret is to write easy. Instead of trying to be perfect, you give your freewriting 90 percent of your best effort. This 90 percent frees you up to more ideas than you thought possible.
The refinement portion includes how to use freewriting to solve problems, do presentations and really drill down into your thoughts for the best possible work you can get. Methods taught here will take you from a book report to a novel and possibly beyond.
The final portion talks about going public with your freewriting. It's hard to share particularly with unrefined thoughts, but the author provides methods that make even a shy violet capable of imparting her ideas and even teaching others to freewrite.
I picked up this book for creative writing and, yes, you can use Accidental Genius for that, but it is primarily geared toward business and problem solving. You just need to think out of the box when you are creative writing with this tool, but don't let that stand in your way if you are seriously interested in a book on freewriting. The author teaches you methods to think outside of the box and build any kind of work from the tools he's provided.
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10 December 2011
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