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Surfing For Inspiration

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Kinaadman

Kinaadman

For the Word-High July Prompts of Filipino Words hosted by A Reading Writer.

Kinaadman-(n.) Knowledge, wisdom.

Waiting For A Train: Part 2

waiting-for-the-train-1504430-639x852The second habit of Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is to start with the end in mind.

There is much debate with writers around how effective this process can be. In his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King details how he starts a book with only the first line in mind. He creates the first draft with the ending developing as he works through it. Agatha Christie didn’t know the ending of some of her books until she had reached the last chapter. Alternatively, there are numerous writers who plan and progress their work with military precision, with the end always in mind.

Whether you are a planner, or a go with the flow writer, the shared commonality is that every piece of work has an ending. The question posed is could your writing be different if you started at the end?

There are numerous writing resources providing writing prompts to assist writers. What if you used that prompt as the beginning of a piece of work and then rewrote the piece with the prompt as an ending. In effect writing it backwards.

When I worked as a police officer a similar technique was used to retrieve information

Sale Now On

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As a fully paid up member of the TNS (Tight Northerner Society) I am frequently attracted to anything containing the word “free”. The long suffering Mrs D regularly makes reference to my thriftiness, comparing it to that part of the anatomy commonly found at the rear of ducks.

So it was with great excitement that I approached the next exercises on the course around freewriting.

Freewriting has always created concern for me. It works against the ingrained traits of my personality. The key ones centering on being precise, methodical and possessing a great attention to detail. This was scientifically confirmed with a personality test I undertook recently, the results validated by the British Psychological Association (BPA).

These personality traits have created a major block in my progress as a writer as the constant checking of each word, each sentence and each paragraph has made my writing slow and lacklustre, limiting any creativity that may have been lurking there.