WRITING TIP: You are a natural at word jazz

freewritingWe are all adept at word improvisation — we do it every time we have a conversation. And yet when we sit down to write, our ease with words can go dry and tight, as though we were carving them into stone tablets. Reconnect with the playful, easy flow that is natural to your use of language by imagining that you are taking dictation from your inner voice as it lightly roams about. Write it as you would say it in whatever order it wants to come. Forego the sense of chisel and stone, unless you’re writing the ten commandments. And even then, best to get them down in authentic form on cheap paper before worrying about the masonry.