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Journals and “private writing”

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I’ve worked through the 12-week process of The Artist’s Way journaling a couple of times, and it’s always been useful. (BTW, if you try it, a word of advice from a friend who attended Julia Cameron’s Artist’s Way Workshop in New Mexico: the “artist’s dates” are as important as the daily journaling. As my friend put it, the daily journaling is output, and you should balance that with the input you get from the artist’s dates.)

Now I come across this post on a similar exercise:

I’ve been dipping into this book recently: Accidental Genius: Revolutionize Your Thinking Through Private Writing by Mark Levy. Levy advocates timed private writing, a concept similar to Julia Cameron’s “morning pages” (see The Artist’s Way). What I like about Levy’s book is that he focuses on thinking much more than the process of writing. The book is billed as a business book so the examples tend to be business-oriented, but the process can be applied to any situation. It’s also a nice, short, easy read at around 130 pages.

For example, one chapter talks about “focus-changers” and gives a list of about 35 questions, such as:

  • What was I thinking here?
  • How else can I say that?
  • How can I make this exciting?
  • How can I add value?
  • Why am I stuck at this particular point?
  • What do I think about that?
  • What does this remind me of? (p 42-43)

A limited preview is available at Google Book Search.

The author’s website has a “lost” chapter.

Written by Leisureguy

23 September 2007 at 1:08 pm

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