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Accidental Genius Audiobook

Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight and Content

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Neomi Rozow Tel Aviv, Israel 08-05-13
    Neomi Rozow Tel Aviv, Israel 08-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Love this book!"

    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!

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    Hamidreza Gothenburg, Sweden 04-12-13
    Hamidreza Gothenburg, Sweden 04-12-13
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    "Significantly on par with free association"
    What did you learn from Accidental Genius that you would use in your daily life?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Erwin Blonk 01-21-13
    Erwin Blonk 01-21-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A couple of good ideas"
    Would you listen to Accidental Genius again? Why?

    These are the kind of ideas you have to remind yourself of once in a while.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had aha-moments for me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Examples of free-writing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it lends itself to it.


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    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 01-17-13
    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2011

    I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.

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    "Genius or Common Sense????"

    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.

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    Roger Mansfield, TX, United States 01-03-13
    Roger Mansfield, TX, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful Book for Those Struggling to write"
    If you could sum up Accidental Genius in three words, what would they be?

    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


    What other book might you compare Accidental Genius to and why?

    Have not found another like it


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    He did an excellent job brining the concepts to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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


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    Alexis Charlotte, NC, United States 11-28-12
    Alexis Charlotte, NC, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Motivational but Nothing Revolutionary"
    Any additional comments?

    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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    roxann Olathe, KS, United States 09-23-12
    roxann Olathe, KS, United States 09-23-12

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    "Not concise"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I like the concept and I have enjoyed the fast writing sessions, however, he could have explained everythink in an hour.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mark Levy? Why or why not?

    Not likely. He tries to make an essay into a book.


    Was Accidental Genius worth the listening time?

    Yes, luckily it was already fairly short. He takes too long to get to a point.


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    Amazon Customer Naperville, IL, United States 10-08-12
    Amazon Customer Naperville, IL, United States 10-08-12

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    "Stream of Consciousness"

    I guess any thought in my head that I put to paper is important enough ... to me. This seems like and ego driven exercise in self with no real purpose. I don't think I got it.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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