When it comes to creating ideas, we hold ourselves back. That's because inside each of us is an internal editor whose job is to forever polish our thoughts, so we sound smart and in control, and so that we fit into society. But what happens when we encounter problems for which such conventional thinking fails us? How can we get unstuck?
For Mark Levy, the answer is freewriting, a technique he's used for years to solve all types of business problems and generate ideas for books, articles, and blog posts.
Freewriting is deceptively simple: Start writing as fast as you can, for as long as you can, about a subject you care deeply about, while ignoring the standard rules of grammar and spelling. Your internal editor won't be able to keep up with your output, and will be temporarily shunted into the background. You'll now be able to think more honestly and resourcefully than before, and will generate breakthrough ideas and solutions that you couldn't have created any other way.
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.
©2010 Mark Andrew Levy (P)2010 Audible, Inc
"I’ve been a fanboy of Accidental Genius and the genius of Mark Levy for five years now, and I couldn’t work without these ideas." (David Meerman Scott, author of The New Rules of Marketing and PR)
The narration really got on my nerves. I can't put my finger on exactly why it bothered me, other than I found myself scowling every time Bronson Pinchot put the emphasis on the wrong part of a sentence. It would have been much more enjoyable with a more professional/experienced narrator. That aside, the book itself is slanted toward business, but the ideas are inspirational from a more general viewpoint as well.
May have gotten some ideas on writing, but nothing specific.
It was an okay read. I guess I was looking for something else. It took me a long time to finish, but I did.
Condensed the 'secrets' and got on with the rest of it.
Irritation. Mr Levy casually criticises the author from which he discovered the notion of freewriting, Peter Elbow (Writing With Power), for his longwindedness but doesn't seem to do much better himself.
In all fairness to the author, I'm familiar with the concept of freewriting, so listeners who aren't might have a better experience. (I was hoping for some new uses or exercises; probably there are some but I'm ready to bail.) I'm going to have to echo the reviews that said this would have worked better as a blog post or an article. The first six chapters, each based on a 'secret', were more or less summed up by Natalie Goldberg in Writing Down the Bones in less than a page as her 'Rules of Writing Practice'. Again, in the interest of fairness, they aren't exactly the same -- but I really don't think each 'secret' required an entire chapter.
At the very least, I would recommend this as a book rather than in audio. It wasn't that I disliked the narration, but there are several lists that seem useless if you can't easily refer back to them (and there's always the option of skimming with text).
These comments only apply to the first 9 chapters, as that's as far as I could manage.
Great insights and practical tools to get the juice flowing. highly recommended for blogers and for anyone that wants to find their inner voice and get a fresh perspective on the matter. lots of useful easy tasks included. I've enjoyed it very much!
It provides some good means to unlock creativity. It is up to the reader to get hold of the strings and pull; or maybe find other roots and go further. Writing the "accidental genius" way requires patience, profusion and no thinking. Let flow. It might not be a cure, but writing for many is a way of getting calm, in the meantime you might come up with a prose others like too.
I have to admit the author's line of technique whether came across by himself (which I wouldn't freak out, since I find it in-line with the title) or reached by analogy, very much resembles Freudian free association.
These are the kind of ideas you have to remind yourself of once in a while.
It had aha-moments for me.
Examples of free-writing.
Yes, it lends itself to it.
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite my short time.
Abstract.... Random thoughts... Vague suggestions.... dump writing....
Looks like his free writing ideas- write without stopping and don't judge yourself.
So, I ask: where is the meat? What can I extract from this book?
The answer: only one thing- learn how to BRAINSTORM.
As he says: points to remember- Stein on writing is more fulfilling.
Mr. Levy walks through the process of "free writing" a form of writing designed to turn off your inner filter and allow you to express ideas and work through problems
Have not found another like it
He did an excellent job brining the concepts to life.
This was a very powerful book for me and I've implemented the techniques outlined with great success, not only with writing but being able to capture the ideas floating around in my head. It is an excellent book
If your looking for a book to listen to while multitasking, it's a good book. But, to focus your complete attention would be a waste of time. It could have easily been condensed down to series of slides with a quick description of each major point. The overall impression of the author was not someone you would be friends with. He gave an unpleasant arrogant tone throughout the book and filled most of the time with fluff examples and explanations. His ideas are good and inspirational. He simply didn't present the ideas in any spectacular way.
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