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Accidental Genius, 2nd Edition by Mark Levy

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Chapter 8Prompt Your Thinking

If you’ve done any freewriting before, you may have heard the term “prompt.” A prompt is a type of freewriting exercise. Instead of beginning a session with whatever appears in your mind, you begin with a predetermined phrase (called a prompt) that guides the direction of your writing.

How would using a prompt work? Well, if you were about to loosen up with a ten-minute freewrite and wanted a prompt, I might say, “Complete the following sentence: ‘The best part of my workday is.’” That’s where you’d begin. You’d answer that question, at least initially. You could stay on it for the entire ten minutes, or you could move to another subject minutes or even seconds after beginning. Your choice.

The number of prompts ...

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