WRITING TIP: Writing is a process, not a product

freewritingWhen you begin writing on a topic, if you want to limit the creative possibilities in your work, think of it as a poem or an article or a book. This is sure to keep you in the realm of concept—of what your intellect thinks of as good and worthwhile, based on what it already knows. But if you want to bring in something truly fresh, it makes more sense to see the writing as a process of exploration and discovery, done for its own sake. Then whatever “product” that results —be it book or essay or poem — is an artifact from that process that may or may not be of use to others. Either way is okay since, as Gandhi put it, “Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.”