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Fire Up Your Writing Brain by Susan Reynolds

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Chapter 5

Jumpstart Your Writing Brain

Practice the Art of Brainstorming

“Writers don’t need tricks or gimmicks or even necessarily need to be the smartest fellow on the block. At the risk of appearing foolish, a writer sometimes needs to be able to just stand and gape at this or that thing—a sunset or an old shoe—in absolute and simple amazement.”

—Geoffrey Wolff

As we discussed in previous chapters, your brain is capable of many things. Many of these things you likely take for granted because they happen at an unconscious level or because they’ve become so ingrained in how you function that you’ve lost awareness of what it took to get to this phase and any effort you have invested. Still, your brain is very active behind the scenes, and in ...

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