Staring at the page vs. writing random things
May 6, 2008 11:41pm CST
For those few ppl in the world who actually enjoy writing, I have a question for you. Which is better: getting a blank piece of paper and a pen and look at the page for a while, trying to think of things, or writing the absolute first things that comes to mind (nonsense or fact) and seeing where it goes from there? I've tried both, but I would like other opinions on the matter.
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7 May 08
There is no way I would be able to stare at the paper and hope I have an epiphany. I tried that on high school tests and it very rarely worked then. I usually start out just jotting stuff down on the piece of paper, then once I get an idea that I like and think I can expand, I flip the paper over and have a free-thought period where I jot down everything that comes to mind. For example: Horses Dressage Show Jumping 3 Day Eventing Training Police Gold Cup Racing Triple Crown Breeding Man Of War Secretariat I could go on but you get the idea...Just write down everything that comes to mind, and don't second guess yourself. Then look at your scribbled list of items and come up with some kind of cohesive group that you can connect.