May 31, 2011

Shortcuts to Good Writing, Part One: Physics

Posted in Flow, Practice Writing tagged , at 1:29 pm by Rebecca Hein

We’ve all been told there are no shortcuts to our best work, and we know it’s true. Yet there is a way to gain the maximum for our hours of writing, just as we can in music.

While playing the cello I use simple physics for sound production, by letting the bow do most of the work. In writing, momentum can create smoother transitions and abbreviate necessary sidetracks. Plenty of freewriting is the best way to create this momentum, because in freewriting you never have to stop to search for just the right word.

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