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)
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 of 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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I like the concept and I have enjoyed the fast writing sessions, however, he could have explained everythink in an hour.
Not likely. He tries to make an essay into a book.
Yes, luckily it was already fairly short. He takes too long to get to a point.
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.
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