Getting In The Groove : Page 2 of 2
Getting In The Groove
Spend between 10 & 20 minutes on this exercise or, if you find you get in flow, keep writing. You will be amazed what comes from this process.
Exercise 2: Active Reading
Another crucial skill for writers is to read, and to read regularly.
Reading as a writer requires a different mindset to reading as someone who does not write.
This doesn't mean you have to read everything with a critical eye, like a literary critic, or to take twice as long over it. You just have to become aware of your feelings and thoughts when reading something. Specifically, pay attention to something you enjoyed or found interesting.
When you find a book you really like, take time to re-read sections of it. Pay attention to several things that you may have been only unconsciously aware of:
Read the opening paragraph of the introduction or a section you particularly liked again
With these in mind, describe your feelings:
What do you think about the book?
Then next time you write something, bear this type of thinking in mind before you even start. •
Renaissance Man and Imagineer Tom Evans is the author of four books and counting about creativity. More »