‘Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.’ Benjamin Franklin
Practice polishes prose, and you don’t need to publish everything for public scrutiny and comment. Whether you want to write blogs, books or screenplays, get into the habit of writing every day. 750 Words encourages you to write three pages a day in a private online journal, and Penzu has military grade encryption to protect your innermost thoughts.
Check your grammar and punctuation with Grammarly and Paperrater. Visit the Urban Dictionary for definitions of modern slang words and phrases. Use Thesaurus to find words with similar or opposite meanings, and check out TV Tropes for common storytelling conventions.
Excerpt from Chapter 4, Make, Publish, Print
Image: James Cospito’s Moleskine Stash Brooklyn Art Project HQ CC-BY See-ming Lee
‘Daydreaming is what makes us organised’ Eric Klinger
Daydreaming switches on the parts of the brain we use for complex problem solving, instead of switching them off as most people assume. One of the wonderful things about your subconscious is that it continues to process problems or ideas while you are working on something else or even asleep.
If you have a problem to work through then go and do a simple task, or stare out of a window for a while. Having your head in the clouds is not a waste of time, it’s important for thinking. You may look pretty vacant, but you are harnessing the power of your Subconscious Superhero.
Excerpt from Chapter 3, Top Ten Tools
Image: “The Thought Escapes Me” by Nathan Sawaya. Photo CC_By _Tony Fischer