WRITING TIP: Detangle your thoughts with prompts from your own writing

freewritingIf you are overwhelmed by a topic area and don’t quite know what you want to say about it, you can burrow deep into it by freewriting on it, reading it back with open heart and senses, and then underlining the “gems”: phrases and sentences that hold particular energy or potency for you. Use those phrases as prompts for new freewrites, looking again in the finished pieces for more gems and doing more freewrites from those. Keep going until you feel a click from this wealth of exploration that tells you it’s time to string it all together into a cohesive piece.