WRITING TIP: Lay down one word at a time

writing tips Rather than doing a ten-minute freewrite on a prompt, try this instead: Read the prompt, then sit still, close your eyes and follow your breath until you can feel yourself on the inside. Then open your eyes and finish the sentence from that still place, laying down one word at a time with care. Let each carefully chosen word suggest the next one, so that the sentence can surprise you.