The Things Writers Often Forget

As writers we often force ourselves to pump out beautifully crafted sentences with every scrawl or keyboard click, which does little else than erect barriers to creative flow.

I have found that one of the best ways to get my mind surging with thoughts, emotions, and ideas is to simply step away from syntax altogether.

When you sit down to explore an idea or call upon one of the muses of inspiration, just start writing. It can be free association, stream of consciousness, or just jotting down observations about the space around you. Whatever it is, make it raw and unbridled.

Now here comes the crazy part.

 

Don’t use any punctuation…

 

The Ancient Romans would do it; poets have done it; and so can you. It’s surprisingly effective to do away with the tyranny of grammar, and really gets at the heart of what language and words are: They are ideas attached to experiences or abstractions that often get stifled and suffocated by our attempts to craft the good sentence.

And that brings me to the next point. The thing that writers often forget when writing.

Writing is more about editing than anything else.

The refinements, the lures, the flourishes usually don’t spill forth while you are in the beginning stages of writing but later when you are rereading your words and trying to make sense of what you wanted to say in the first place.

Give yourself a break, don’t fret, just write, and edit later.

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