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Accidental Genius, 2nd Edition by Mark Levy

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Chapter 16Drop Your Mind on Paper

Think of freewriting as a system of components.

Today you’ll take thirty minutes to dump all the information you have about a subject onto the paper, and you’ll leave it at that.

Tomorrow, you’ll review your information dump and take ten minutes to write out some best-case, worst-case scenarios that stem from your previous day’s efforts.

The next day, take your accumulated thoughts and free-associate for fifteen minutes, allowing the material itself to suggest new avenues to walk.

You’re not pleased with your effort, so you try something else, perhaps a session in which you “open up words” and “hold a paper conversation” for twenty minutes each.

Ah, that’s better. Here, among the detritus you’ve scattered onto ...

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