WRITING TIP: Lighten up

freewritingSometimes our thinking can take on a seriousness that has us feeling like we’re writing with mud, and our project becomes grim with significance. The antidote: get silly. You might loosen up by making faces at yourself in the mirror, singing one of Emily Dickenson’s poems to the tune of “There’s a yellow rose in Texas,” doing a snoopy dance — anything to crack yourself into a real smile. Then go back to your work with the seriousness of a child at play. As Ludwig Wittgenstein put it, “If people did not sometimes do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.”